PARIS 1804

• Music for Horn & Strings

• Alessandro Denabian, Quartetto Delfico

• Passacaille Records (2017)

What was the life of the horn virtuosi in the first part of the 19th century?
What do we know about their relations with Gioachino Rossini and the great composers of that time?
What about their travels and the repertoire they loved and played?

Join us in this exciting journey through cultural salons, aristocratic courts and musical adventures!

After a very successful lifetime, albeit marked by long years of physical and psychological suffering, Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) chose Passy, on the outskirts of Paris, as the place to spend the final years of his life. Here Rossini recovered his health and began composing again after years of inactivity. During these years, in addition to the wonderful Petite Messe solennelle, he wrote numerous pieces for piano, voice, and small ensembles. Many of these pieces, which often have ironic titles, were created to be performed during the musical evenings held by Rossini in his villa in Passy with his wife Olympe, attended by prominent figures of society and the best artists from Paris. Rossini himself called these compositions, Pachas de vieillesse (Sins of old age). One of the major works of horn literature is included among these Péchés: the Prélude, Thème et Variations pour cor, avec accompagnement de piano, composed in 1857 for the eclectic horn player Eugène Vivier (1817-1900), with whom Rossini had developed a convivial relationship.
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