Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini (1801 –1835) was one of many Italian opera composers who culminated an era of which “belcanto,” or “beautiful singing” was the rage. He was born in Catania, Sicily to a family of rich musical heritage. He, like so many composers of the age, was also a child prodigy, reputed to have been able to sing an aria at 18 months of age, to begin studying theory at two, the piano at three and playing well at five years of age. He is said to have composed five musical pieces by the time that he was six years of age. Whatever the truth of these claims, it is clear that his musical prowess was recognized at an early age, as was Mozart. When he was age 21, he studied at the conservatory in Naples, Italy where he studied the style there prevalent and the orchestral works of Haydn and Mozart. There, he wrote his first opera. His primary contributions to music are his operas, among which Norma and I Puritani may be the best known.
Whereas he is primarily known for his operas, he also made significant contribution to the related genre of liturgical music, particularly the Mass, among which are his Mass in D Major, Mass in A Major, and Mass in G Minor.
Petite Messe Solennelle Chailly
Mass in A minor – VI. Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris
Petite Messe Solennelle (Sanctus)
Agnus Dei – Petite Messe Solennelle
Petite Messe Solennelle (Agnus Dei)
Petite Messe Solennelle – (Agnus Dei)
Gloria from Petite Messe Solennelle
Mass in A: (Laudamus Te)
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