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Prayer from Rossini's 'Mose in Egitto'
John Thomas
Pencerdd Gwalia (1826-1913)
arr. & ed. by Ann Griffiths
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Cover image Work: Single work for two harps or harp and piano
Catalogue No: Adlais 037
ISMN: 979-0-57032-019-6 (Harp 1 & Harp 2)
979-0M-57032-020-2 (Piano part - replaces Harp 2)
Edition: 2005 Archive Facsimile, A4 stapled, Set of Parts
Suitable for: Grade 7, Pedal Harp
Price:: £9.00  Go to shop
Alternative piano part only (replaces Harp 2) - £4.00
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score coverPrayer from Rossini's 'Mose in Egitto'

In 1868 John Thomas had made what became a very popular arrangement for solo harp of Desdemona's Willow Song ('Assisa a piè d'un salice') from Rossini's Otello, an opera first performed in Naples in 1816. In 1884 he followed this with another arrangement from a Rossini opera of the same period, this time from Mosè in Egitto (Naples, 1818). He arranged the famous 'Prayer' for two harps, with an alternative version for harp and piano, and most probably played it, in the first instance, with a former pupil Joan Frances Denny (1849-1926), later to become his second wife.

The 'Prayer' comes from Act 3 of the 1819 revival of Rossini's opera. Having travelled to the edge of the Red Sea, the Israelites can go no further. It is at this point that Moses leads them in the prayer 'Dal tuo stellato soglio'. Their prayer is answered, and, at the touch of Moses's rod, the waters divide.

A.G. 2005

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Sample of the music