Brussels: ca. 21 May 1877.
Autograph manuscript fair copy music score, 98 pp. pen and ink on hand-ruled staff paper, with manuscript title- and part title-pages, each work signed and dated at the end. 4to. Manuscript Music Scores Commemorating Pope Pius IX. Contemporary full tan morocco, gilt, arms of Pope Pius IX stamped in gilt on covers, a.e.g., patterned endpapers. Extremities worn, spine darkened, occasional foxing and offsetting. Item #309469
Manuscript fair copy scores by the Belgian composer Adolphe Wouters (1849-1924) for three unpublished works commemorating Pope Pius IX (1792–1878). The first two works, "Tu es Petrus" and "Messe Pontificale" — both works for tenor solo, 4-part choir and organ — were composed for the jubilee celebrating the 50th years of the Pope's episcopal consecration. The final work, "Bénédiction" — for orchestra and choir — was composed for the 25th anniversary of his papacy.
Wouters was music director at the L’église Saint-Nicolas de Bruxelles, head organist at Notre-Dame du Finistère, and was professor of piano at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. He was a versatile composer who excelled at religious and occasional music. His Te Deum for choir and orchestra was performed on 21 July 1880 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Belgian state.
This album appears to have been prepared by Wouters, perhaps for presentation to Pius IX, as the binding bears the Pope's arms. The album comprises: Tu es Petrus, 11 pp. fair copy ms, for tenor solo, four-part choir and organ, inscribed at end, "A.F. Wouters Bruxells à 1er Mai 1877"; Messe Pontificale, 78 pp. for tenor solo, four-part choir and organ. Inscribed at end, "Adolphus Francois Wouters, Maitre de chapelle de l'Eglise de St. Nicolas à Bruxelles, Belgique 1877"; Bénédiction, 9 pp. for orchestra and choir, composed for the 25th anniversary of the elevation of Pope Pius IX, on 21 Juin 1871, inscribed at the end "A. Wouters, original." Though all three works were performed, we find no record in OCLC of any of them having been published.
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