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Richard Osborne

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.001.0001

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Vocal and Piano Music:

Vocal and Piano Music:

Early Songs, Giovanna d’Arco, Les soirées musicales, Péchés de vieillesse

(p.334) Chapter Forty Vocal and Piano Music:

Richard Osborne

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In addition to the Petite messe solennelle and a number of brief public pieces d’occasion, Gioachino Rossini composed, and later collected into 13 meticulously ordered volumes, the 150 songs and keyboard works to which he gave the generic title Péchés de vieillesse, “Sins of Old Age.” After 1829, Rossini’s urge to compose was channelled into smaller forms. Having pondered and rejected the idea of writing an opera on Joan of Arc, he contented himself with Giovanna d’Arco, a 15-minute cantata for soprano and piano in which full-scale drama is distilled into private soliloquy in a manner often favoured by poets when theatrical forms are unavailable or uncongenial. Rossini’s principal preoccupation in Paris in the early 1830s was the writing of a group of chamber arias and duets, which the publisher Eugène Troupenas gathered in 1835 under the title Les soirées musicales.

Keywords:   Gioachino Rossini, volumes, songs, opera, Joan of Arc, Giovanna d’Arco, cantata, soprano, piano, Eugène Troupenas

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