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Giaocchino Rossini

"Prayer" from Moses in Egypt
SATB, Optional SATB Soloists, Piano

AUDIO DEMO - PIANO REDUCTION
YOUTUBE PERFORMANCE - Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
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In the 19th century, few pieces rivaled the choral Prayer from Rossini's opera/oratorio Mosè in Egitto in popularity. Hailed as "stunning," "powerful," and "haunting," the Prayer ("Dal tuo stellato soglio") was greeted with tumultuous applause at its premiere in 1820 and quickly appeared in many versions, including vocal quartet, marching band, violin solo, piano, and even a version for a gigantic chorus of 2,000 voices! Even the ever-critical George Bernard Shaw proclaimed the Prayer to be a truly beautiful piece of music.

Over performed, the piece vanished into obscurity in the 20th century. We are pleased to re-introduce the beautiful Prayer in a new edition that incorporates Rossini's original version in Italian, his revised French version, and an English version, all in a single publication. Rarely do choirs have the opportunity to sing sacred music originally written in Italian, not Latin. Here's your chance! We guarantee your congregation or audience will thank you.

High school, college, church, and community choirs have the opportunity to sing some gorgeous music from the bel canto era, usually the domain of professional opera choruses.

Not difficult / Italian, French, English
SATB, optional SATB soloists, piano or orchestra (2 fl., 2 ob., 2 clar., 2 bsn., 2 tpt., 2 hn., 1 tbn., timp., bass drum, harp, strings)
4 1/2 minutes / choral score 392-03084 @ $1.90 / set of orchestra parts (conductor uses choral score) 392-03084A @ $50.00

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