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14/03/1864 Rossini's "Petite Messe Solennelle" premieres in Paris

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Rossini - 12 Petite Messe Solennelle - Sanctus

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Domine Deus - Rossini - Petite Messe Solennelle - Riccardo Chailly

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Qui tollis (ROSSINI Petite Messe Solennelle)

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G. Rossini - Petite Messe Solennelle - Cum Sancto Spiritu

Petite messe solennelle was written in 1863, possibly at the request of Count Alexis Pillet-Will for his wife Louise to whom it is dedicated. The extended work is a missa solemnis, but Rossini labeled it, not without irony, petite (little). He scored it originally for twelve singers, four of them soloists, two pianos and harmonium.
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