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Petite Messe Solennelle

By Gioachino Antonio Rossini

2 pianos, harmonium, SATB choir, SATB soloists (SATB) - C
Composed by Gioachino Antonio Rossini. Edited by Nancy Fleming. Choral Works (inc. Oratorios). MSER00031. Standard Choral Works. Performing score. 176 pages. Duration 1:17:00. Oxford University Press #9780193380455. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193380455).

Item Number: OU.9780193380455

ISBN 9780193380455. 279x216mm inches.

for SATB soloists, SATB chorus, 2 pianos, and harmonium
This is the best known of Rossini's Péchés de vieillesse or 'Sins of Old Age'. Although a sacred work, the mass is characteristically lyrical and effervescent, and it affirms the composer's optimistic and deeply felt faith. The work was premiered in 1864. Although Rossini also produced an orchestrated version of the work in 1867, it is reported that he preferred the original scoring, and indeed much of the work's appeal lies in the idiomatic keyboard parts. This edition is based on the autograph manuscript of this original 1864 version, and every effort has been made to honour Rossini's intentions and produce a performing score that is authentic, accurate, and practical.
The performing score is available on hire/rental and on sale, and parts for piano and harmonium are available on hire/rental.

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    Boston, MA
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  • June 09, 2012 A great listen

    I had stumbled upon the fact that Rossini had originally written this "small" piece for harmonium and two pianos, so I bought the score. It IMO is not a "sacred work" in the sense it could be used in church on an average Sunday. It requires a very talented vocal...

    group as well as accompanists. It does possess wonderful harmonies, great writing and to simply sit with the score and CD is worth the time. In a concert setting it would be a wonderful crowd pleaser, not for the faint of heart, the solo parts are quite intricate, as well as the SATB chorus. It is difficult enough to keep all those involved busy, the forces required for performance are pretty big for a mass called "petite".

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