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Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle Vocal Score

RossiniVocal Scores for Rossini's Messe Solennelle

Rossini composed the petite messe solennelle in 1863, 34 years after his last opera to which he called it "the last of my péchés de vieillesse" (sins of old age).

 
The most popular vocal scores for Rossini's Messe Solennelle are shown below.  
 
Rehearsal recordings to help learn your voice part (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) are described below.
 
Full video version to hear the work in full is also below
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Novello edition of Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle is in English for SATB
 
Vocal Scores Choral
Catalogue Number: NOV072436
ISBN: 9780853607205 

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The OUP edition is edited by Nancy Fleming and is for SATB

Vocal Scores Choral

Catalogue Number:9780193380455

ISBN: 9780193380455 

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Gioachino Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle was written in 1863, "the last", the composer called it, "of my pêchés de vieillesse" (sins of old age).

The witty composer, who produced little for public hearing during his long retirement at Passy, prefaced his mass—characterized, apocryphally by Napoleon III, as neither little nor solemn, nor particularly liturgical— with the words:

    "Good God—behold completed this poor little Mass—is it indeed sacred music [la musique sacrée] that I have just written, or merely some damned music [la sacré musique]? You know well, I was born for comic opera. Little science, a little heart, that is all. So may you be blessed, and grant me Paradise!"

Its first performance was at the dedication (14 March 1864) of the private chapel in the hôtel of Louise, comtesse de Pillet-Will, to whom Rossini dedicated this refined and elegant piece, which avoids the sentimental opulence of most contemporary liturgical works, such as those by Charles Gounod. Rossini specified twelve singers in all, with the soloists doubling the SATB chorus, and scored it for two pianos and harmonium. Among the first hearers were Giacomo Meyerbeer and Daniel Auber and Ambroise Thomas, who would succeed Auber as director of the Paris Conservatoire. Albert Lavignac, aged eighteen, conducted from the harmonium. The soloists were Carlotta and Barbara Marchisio, Italo Gardoni and Luigi Agnesi. It has been said that all this piece requires is a small hall, two pianos, a harmonium, eight choristers and the four greatest singers on Earth.

Partly for fear that it would be done anyway after his death, Rossini discreetly orchestrated the Petite Messe Solennelle during 1866-67, without losing its candor and subtlety, and the resulting version had its first public performance on 28 February 1869, three months after the composer's death, and as close as could be to what would have been Rossini's seventy-seventh birthday— at the Théâtre-Italien, Paris. That year both versions were published.

The structure of the piece is as follows:

    * Kyrie
    * Gloria:
          o Gloria in excelsis Deo
          o Gratias agimus tibi
          o Domine Deus
          o Qui tollis peccata mundi
          o Quoniam tu solus sanctus
          o Cum Sancto Spiritu
    * Credo:
          o Credo in unum Deum
          o Crucifixus
          o Et resurrexit
    * Preludio religioso
    * Ritornello–Sanctus
    * Benedictus
    * O salutaris hostia
    * Agnus Dei

The hymn O salutaris hostia is not usually part of the Mass.

 
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