Publication of the second edition of "San Michele" by A. Pierucci, now entitled "Prayer to St. Michael and to the Virgin Mary"

January 2022 - The Laus Plena Foundation publishes the second edition of "San Michele", oratory, now entitled "Prayer to St. Michael and the Virgin Mary". The second edition has notable additions and refinements compared to the first edition, published in 2019, to the point that it can be said that it has been entirely renewed.

In fact, listening to the first version of San Michele had advised the author to highlight those lines, which had remained in a latent state.

Leaving aside the academic tradition with the subtitle "Oratorio", this music now has the subtitle of "Oration": it is in fact a great prayer to Mary Most Holy, the Woman crowned by twelve stars, and to St. Michael.

The participation of the audience in the prayer has therefore expanded.

The chorus was added to melodies which, for the desire to be synthetic, had not reached the strength of persuasion.

Now the composition, which was much applauded in the performances of 17 and 18 October 2020, which video is available on our website, has a greater unity, close to the theme of "Christ lives" which, already mentioned in the Prelude, explodes in the Final, with the voices of all present: soloists, choir, audience and orchestra.


First publication of the "San Michele" oratory

December 2019 - The Laus Plena Foundation publishes a new composition by A. Pierucci.

Today the musicians who compose operas are rare; very rare are those who write Oratories. This "San Michele" Oratory refers to the time, around 1563, when San Filippo Neri invited musicians to write spiritual Laudi, to be performed in devout gatherings: it was a music dedicated to  praying.

And that there is a need to pray, we are all convinced. We have the impression that the forces of good and evil are facing each other dramatically, that a war is breaking out in the sky. Mary, the woman crowned with twelve stars, and St. Michael the Archangel, are the protagonists of good; the dragon is the leader of those who have no more place in heaven.

Here is the content of the Oratorio: it sings chapter 12 of the Apocalypse and, as in the time of J. S. Bach, involves the audience in a choral prayer.

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