Flute, oboe, clarinet in B flat, French horn in F and bassoon
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Gioachini Antonio Rossini (1792 – 1868), was a famous composer of 39 operas although he composed much other music. His operas include the Siege of Corinth and Cinderella however his music to the Barber of Seville and William Tell are perhaps his most recognisable. It is perhaps surprising that this choral work arranges as a wind quintet. Yet it lays on the instruments very well and comes across as a work with depth. Published in 1844, there are many versions of this piece for all female choir, young male choristors and choir. Some orchestral versions exist but they can be very overpowering to the voices of the choir. The source of the words is unclear and it is possible that Rossini himself wrote them.
The original Italian translates as:
Oh Charity, virtue of the heart You excite Saintly passion in men You unite men in brotherhood And console the poor in their sufferings God manifests himself only for you You inspire good faith In the wretched The soul that is ignited by your fervour spreads your divine splendour in men When the world hears your voice The thrill of war will disappear Anger and pride will then be conquered By the Sacred bond of eternal love.
Translated by Skyla Lowery 2014.