“Gioachino Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, in the orchestral version!” More:
Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle was composed in 1863; the last of his Péchés de vieillesse series – Sins of Old Age, as the composer named them. For its premiere iteration in 1864, Rossini had written a work purely for two pianos and a harmonium.
In 1866-67, partly in fear that it would be done after his death regardless, Rossini (1792-1868) discreetly scored the Petite Messe Solennelle for orchestra – without losing any of its candor or subtlety. The resultant arrangement received its first public performance on 28 February, 1869 – three months after the composer’s death.