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Messe aux Orpheonistes

By Charles Francois Gounod

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Soli TTB, TTB Choir, [Soli SS, SS Choir, Organ]
Composed by Charles Francois Gounod (1818-1893). Edited by Paul Prevost. Stuttgart Urtext Edition. Messe Aux Orpheonistes. Sacred vocal music, Masses, Latin. Choral Score. Composed 1852/53. CG 70. 24 pages. Duration 19 minutes. Carus Verlag #CV 27.021/05. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.2702105).

Item Number: CA.2702105

ISBN 9790007186265. Language: Latin.

Although Charles Gounod is well-known for his operas, church music forms a considerable part of his output. Within his church music the "Messes breves", short masses for unaccompanied choir or with organ accompaniment, form a significant group of works. The present first "Messe aux orpheonistes" was composed for the Paris Orpheon, a choral society of male workers; Gounod became its chairman in 1852 and wrote numerous works for male voice choir for them. The work was premiered under the composer's direction on 12 June 1852 by 400 choral singers (adults and children), who formed a large tutti chorus and a small choir with solo parts. The scoring for three unaccompanied male voice parts can be expanded ad libitum by the addition of two soprano parts and organ. Score available separately - see item CA.2702100.

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