Summer Term

Our Summer concert will be on Saturday 3 July 2010 – 7:30 pm at St Mark’s Church Regent Park,  (St Mark’s Square, Prince Albert Road – London NW1 7TN) and we will be singing

  • Rossini – Petite Messe Solennelle

The Petite Messe Solennelle is the most substantial of the works written during Rossini’s Indian summer of composition. It was composed in 1863 for private performance and is scored for four soloists and chorus, with harmonium and piano accompaniment. It was not heard in public until 1869, the year after his death, when it was performed in the composer’s own orchestral version at the Théâtre Italien. The work’s title is misleading, since the Petite Messe Solennelle is neither petite nor particularly solemn. It lasts well over an hour, and despite the religious text is unmistakeably operatic in style, in common with the Stabat Mater of twenty years earlier. The music ranges from hushed intensity to boisterous high spirits, and abounds in the memorable tunes and rhythmic vitality for which Rossini became justly famous.

– John Bawden on http://www.choirs.org.uk

Practise at home – details of recordings, rehearsal CDs and online midi files to help you get to know the Petite Messe Solenelle.

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