Saturday 4th April 2020, 7.30pm
Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle (Little solemn mass) was written in 1863, possibly at the request of Count Alexis Pillet-Will for his wife Louise to whom it is dedicated. The composer, who had retired from composing operas more than 30 years before, described it as "the last of my péchés de vieillesse" (sins of old age).
The extended work is a missa solemnis, but Rossini labelled it, not without irony, petite (little).
Conducted by Derby Choral Union Music Director Paul Provost.
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