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Petite Messe solennelle
By Gioachino Rossini

Singing voice, Mixed choir-SATB, piano, harmonium (Vocal, Mixed choir (SATB), Piano, Harmonium) - Level 3
Composed by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868). Edited by Philip Gossett and Patricia B. Brauner. This edition: urtext edition. Paperback. Works of Gioachino Rossini 3. Score. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA10501_00. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA10501).

Item Number: BA.BA10501

ISBN 9790006539550. 31 x 24.3 cm inches. Text Language: Latin. Preface: Patricia B. Brauner/Philip Gossett.

The “Petite Messe solennelle” is the finest work of Rossini’s late years. He composed it between 1863 and 1864 at the age of 71 as a commission for Countess Louise Pillet -Will for the consecration of her private chapel, where the work received its first performance in March 1864. Together with the “Stabat mater”, the mass is one of the composer’s mostimportant sacred works.

The unusual instrumentation with two pianos and harmonium is entirely in keeping with the Neapolitan keyboard tradition of the 18th century which was cultivated in France in Rossini’s day. It forms a distinct contrast to the style of large-scale sacred compositions as written by, for example, Liszt and Bruckner. Rossini explained that he wrote the later orchestral version of the work dating from 1867 out of concern that if he did not do this, other composers might orchestrate the mass too heavily in later arrangements.

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  • June 28, 2012 What we've all been waiting for...

    Bärenreiter's new urtext edition of Rossini's not so small nor solemn masterpiece is a revelation. A beautifully presented score is made even more wonderful by the critical and editorial commentary which accompanies it. Well worth buying!

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