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Saturday 11th November at 7:30 p.m.
Messa di Gloria by Puccini
Location: Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

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Giacomo Puccini's Messa or Messa a quattro voci (currently more widely known under the apocryphal name of Messa di Gloria) is a Mass composed for orchestra and four-part choir with tenor, bass and baritone soloists. Strictly speaking, the piece is a full Mass, not a true Messa di Gloria (which contains only the Kyrie and Gloria and omits the Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei).

Puccini wrote the short Requiem – actually the setting of the antiphon to the Introit of the Mass for the Dead – as a commission for the publisher Giulio Ricordi for the fourth anniversary of the death of Giuseppe Verdi, which occurred on 27 January 1905. Today the work is often performed, since this setting for three voices can be easily performed by amateur choirs and requires only a viola and a harmonium (or organ) as accompanying instruments.

Programme Includes:


Giacomo Puccini

Messa di Gloria

Giacomo Puccini

Mid-Herts Youth Orchestra
Musical Director: Rufus Frowde

Stevenage Choral Society
SCS Musical Director: Robin Osterley

Ticket Prices: £12 Adults (£14 on the day) and £5 for Under 16s