Mi El kamokha - Geremia Mario Castelnuovo, Siena


Mi El kamokha - Geremia Mario Castelnuovo, Siena



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Place in liturgical year

Text source, form or category

NLI call and system number

Y 00174(11)

NLI url

Santa Cecilia collection number, item number

racc. 52, 886

Santa Cecilia url

Catalogo Sommario delle Registrazioni

racc. 52, 801

Place of original recording

Date of original recording

Person responsible for the recording


Informant biographical notes

Geremia Mario Castelnuovo, born in Siena on September 13th, 1915, to Azeglio Castelnuovo and Olga Procaccia. His maternal grandfather is Naoleone Procaccia, chazan at the Siena synaoggue. After Geremia's father death in 919, Napoleone Procaccia will remain as a fundamental figure in Geremia's childhood, he is the one who instructs him for his bar mitzwah; and who often arranges for Geremia, to officiate as a shaliach tzibbur during the following years. Geremia continues to live in Siena, and the Leo Levi recordings were done in the RAI studios in Torino, probably on occasion of one of Geremia's frequent family visits to his inlaws, parents of his wife Marcella Servi – they were originally from Pitigliano but had moved for work related reasons to Torino.

Notes on text

Here we do not follow Leo Levi who, both in the "Catalogo" and in what can be found in the NLI metadata, ascribes this item to the Italian rite. In the complex and multi-influenced ritual in Siena as is reported in Castelnuovo's recordings, this particular item seems more of Sephardic infuence as this form of he widespread poem "Mi El Kamokha" is the text used, for example, in the Spagnolo ritual in other Tuscan communities, whereas the minchah version in the Italian ritual, that Levi indicates should correspond to this item, has a different text.


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EF, “Mi El kamokha - Geremia Mario Castelnuovo, Siena,” Thesaurus of Jewish-Italian Liturgical Music, accessed June 19, 2024, https://jewishitalianmusic.org/thesaurus/items/show/1803.