University Chamber Choir

University Chamber Choir

Wednesday 6 June 2018 at 7.30PM
Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall

Peter Seymour conductor

Rossini     Petite Messe Solonnelle

Written in the last decade of his life, many years after his final opera, Rossini’s mass is, pointedly, neither ‘petite’ nor, in a conventional sense, particularly ‘solennelle’. A veritable smörgåsbord of musical styles abound, including Renaissance polyphony, Baroque counterpoint, the hauntingly beautiful ‘Prelude religieux’ and the barnstorming tenor aria ‘Domine Deus’, undoubtedly the work of a great opera composer. Its unusual instrumentation of two pianos and harmonium provides great musical clarity as well as the ability to produce different variations in texture. Rossini’s last major work, it is a gigantic outpouring of praise that he clearly intended to be given sincerely and with great gusto.

Tickets: £10; concessions £8; students £3

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