ETER MEGGISON has kindly sent me this rare book by Rev. Carlo Rossini. It’s a choral collection with 115 Offertories, Motets, and Hymns for the entire Ecclesiastical year. In the past, I was not a huge fan of Rossini. However, with the passage of time, I’ve come to appreciate a whole lot of what he did:
Fr. Rossini understood that the sacred liturgy often requires very short pieces. Unfortunately, this is not always the case with the great choral masterpieces of the Renaissance and Baroque. For example, yesterday I looked at a setting of the “Salve Regina” by a fantastic Renaissance composer—but it was in five (5) sections and would have required about seventeen (17) minutes to sing. I think that’s why Rossini did what he did in this book.
If you appreciate this book, please tell all your friends about Mr. Meggison’s amazing hymn website.