Gardening, Le Langage des Fleurs, Music, Astronomy,
Writing, Life, Dreams and Death.
In the domain of sacred music, the last of his "sins of old age". This Petite Messe solennelle is indeed "small" in terms of the forces deployed- the instrumental accompaniment is limited to two pianos and a harmonium- but it also well deserves the adjective "solemn" for its ample scale and its formidable dramatic power. In many respects, this work may be seen as its composer'smusical testament. Dazzled, like all his critical colleagues, Filippo Filippi wrote after the first performance in March 1864: "This time, Rossini has surpassed himself, for no-one can tell what is the more impressive, his learning or his inspiration." http://www.harmoniamundi.com/#/albums?id=450