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Messe a quatre voix

By Camille Saint-Saens

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Orchestra Soli SATB, SATB Choir, 2 Fl, 2 Eh, 2 Tr, 3 Trb, 2 Vl, Va, Vc, Cb, Arpa, organ, organ ripieno
Composed by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921). Edited by Dieter Zeh. Arranged by Sven Hiemke. Sacred vocal music, Masses, Latin, Whole church year / Omni tempore. Full score. Composed 1856. Op. 4. 112 pages. Duration 45 minutes. Carus Verlag #CV 27.060/00. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.2706000).

Item Number: CA.2706000

ISBN 9790007181697. Language: Latin.

Carus-Verlag is now publishing this early work by Camille Saint-Saens in a critical new edition. Among the sacred works by Saint-Saens there are just two settings of the mass: the "Messe de Requiem" op. 54 from his middle period (1878), and the Mass op. 4 dating from 1856. This was first performed on 21 April 1857. Camille Saint-Saens was a devoted follower of historicism as part of the reform movement in French church music. This is more evident in the mass published here than anywhere else. The model for this work is the unison "Messe Royale" by Henry DuMont (1610-1683). Saint-Saens combined its Gregorian style in a convincing manner with contemporary elements of Romantic composition, an expressive chromaticism, which determines the harmonic progression. Alongside the orchestral forces, the Grand Orgue plays an important role. Used as a solo instrument, it is an equal partner in the composition.

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