SATB vocal soli, SATB choir, 2 pianos, armo - Level 3
Composed by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868). Edited by Klaus Doge. Score available separately - see item CA.4065000. Latin Masses. Choral score. Composed 1863. 32 pages. Duration 90 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.4065005).
Item Number: CA.4065005
ISBN M-007-07407-4. Language: Latin.
Next to the "Stabat Mater," the "Petite Messe solennelle" of 1863 is Rossini's second extensive sacred composition. Ostensibly, the work was, in a way, an occasional piece (what great work was not?), written for the dedication of a private chapel for the once well-to-do Parisian nobility. This explains the reduced instrumental accompaniment for two pianos and harmonium. Of course this instrumental garb, reminiscent of decent, elevated salon music, produces an unmistakable timbre which through its typical Rossini rhythm obtains an additional flair.