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Gioachino Rossini

February 29, 1792 - November 13, 1868
born in Pesaro, Italy, composed during the Romantic period
Gioachino Rossini's parents were both working musicians. His father played the horn and taught at the prestigious Accademia Filharmonica in Bologna, and his mother, although not formally trained, was a soprano. Rossini was taught and encouraged at home until he eventually enrolled at the Liceo Musicale in Bologna. After graduation from that institution, the young musician was commissioned by the Venetian Teatro San Moise to compose La cambiale di matrimonio, a comedy in one act. In 1812, Rossini wrote La pietra del paragone, for La Scala theater in Milan and was already, at the tender age of 20, Italy's most prominent composer.

In 1815, Rossini accepted a contract to work for the theaters in Naples, where he would remain until 1822, composing prolifically in comfort. He composed 19 operas during this tenure, focusing his attention on opera seria and creating one of his most famous serious works, Otello, for the Teatro San Carlos. While he served in this capacity, Rossini met and courted Isabella Colbran, a local soprano whom he would eventually marry. Other cities, too, clamored for Rossini's works, and it was for Roman audiences that he composed the sparkling comedies Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville, 1816) and La cenerentola (Cinderella, 1817).

In 1822, Rossini left Naples and embarked on a European tour. The Italian musician was received enthusiastically to say the least, and enjoyed fame and acclaim everywhere. Even Beethoven, at the opposite stylistic pole in the musical scene of the day, praised him. The following year, Rossini was commissioned to write Semiramide, a serious opera, for La Fenice, a theater in Venice. This work was less successful in its own day than some of his previous efforts, but spawned several arias that remain part of any vocalist's songbook. In 1824, Rossini traveled, via London, to Paris where he would live for five years and serve as the music director at the Théâtre Italien from 1824 to 1826. The composer gained commissions from other opera houses in France, including the Paris Opéra. Rossini composed his final opera, Guillaume Tell (1829), before retiring from composition in that genre at the age of 37. Its overture is not only a concert favorite but an unmistakable reflection and continuation of Beethoven's heroic ideal. The catalog of work Rossini had written at the time of his retirement included 32 operas, two symphonies, numerous cantatas, and a handful of oratorios and chamber music pieces. After moving back to Italy, Rossini became a widower in 1845. His marriage to Isabella Colbran had not been particularly happy, and shortly after her death, the composer married Olympe Pelissier, a woman who had been his mistress.

In 1855, Rossini, along with his new bride, moved once again, this time settling in Passy, a suburb of Paris. He spent the remaining years of his life writing sacred music as well as delectable miniatures for both piano and voice (some of which he called "sins of my old age"). He was revered from the time he was a teenager until his death. Rossini was buried in Paris' Père Lachaise cemetery in proximity to the graves of Vincenzo Bellini, Luigi Cherubini, and Frédéric Chopin. In 1887, Rossini's grave was transferred from Paris to Santa Croce, in Florence, in a ceremony attended by more than 6,000 admirers.

Rossini's chief legacy remains his extraordinary contribution to the operatic repertoire. His comedic masterpieces, including L'Italiana in Algeri, La gazza ladra, and perhaps his most famous work, Il barbiere di Siviglia, are regarded as cornerstones of the genre along with works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Giuseppe Verdi. ~ David Brensilver, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini recital ~ 19 songs & Cantata: Giovanna d'Arco

Title: La Pastorella Dell' Alpi ("Son Bella Pastorella"), Song For Voice & Piano (Soirées Musicales)
Title: Beltà Crudele ("Amori Scendete Propizi Al Mio Core"), For Voice & Piano
Title: Il Trovatore ("Chi M'ascolta Il Canto Usato"), For Voice & Piano
Title: La Regata Veneziana, Songs (3) In Venetian Dialect For Voice & Piano (Péchés De Vieillesse, Book 1)
Title: Mi Lagnerò Tacendo, Settings And Album Leaves For Voice & Piano
Title: Il Risentimento ("Mi Lagnerò Tacendo"), For Voice & Piano
Title: Pompadour, La Grande Coquette ("La Perle Des Coquettes"), For Voice & Piano (Péchés De Vieillesse, Book 2)
Title: Ariette À L'ancienne ("Que Le Jour Me Dure"), For Voice & Piano (Péchés De Vieillesse, Book 3), QR V/69
Title: L'orpheline Du Tyrol ("Seule, Une Pauvre Enfant"), For Voice & Piano (Péchés De Vieillesse, Book 2), QR V/31
Title: La Légende De Marguerite, For Voice & Piano (anon. Arr. From La Cenerentola, "Una Volta C'era Un Re")
Title: Nizza ("Nizza, Je Puis Sans Peine"), For Voice & Piano
Title: L'âme Délaissée (L'abbandonata) ("Mon Bien Aimé"), For Voice & Piano
Title: Canzonetta Spagnuola ("En Medio A Mis Dolores"), For Voice & Piano
Title: Giovanna D'Arco, Cantata, For Voice & Piano (Péchés De Vieillesse, Book 11), QR Xi/1
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Track List: Rossini - Il Turco in Italia / Bartoli, Corbelli, Pertusi, Vargas, Teatro alla Scala, Chailly

Disc 1
Title: Il Turco In Italia (The Turk In Italy), Opera
Disc 2
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Track List: Rossini - Il barbiere di Siviglia / Nucci, Bartoli, Matteuzzi, Fissore, Bruchuladze, Patanè

Disc 1
Title: Il Barbière Di Siviglia (The Barber Of Seville), Opera
Disc 2
Disc 3
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Track List: Rossini - Il viaggio a Reims / Ricciarelli, Valentini-Terrani, Cuberli, Gasdia, Araiza, E. Gimenez, Nucci, Raimondi, Ramey, Dara; Abbado

Disc 1
Title: Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera
Disc 2
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Track List: Rossini: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 6

Title: Péchés De Vieillesse, Book 4 (Quatre Hors D’oeuvres Et Quatre Mendiants)
Title: Péchés De Vieillesse, Book 10 (Miscellanée Pour Piano)
Title: Péchés De Vieillesse, Book 6 (Album Pour Les Enfants Dégourdis)
Title: Péchés De Vieillesse, Book 14 (Other Peches De Vieillesse)
Title: Waltz For Piano In E Flat Major
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Track List: Rossini: Ermione

Disc 1
Title: Ermione, Opera
Disc 2
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Track List: Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Disc 1
Title: Il Barbière Di Siviglia (The Barber Of Seville), Opera
Disc 2
Disc 3
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Track List: Rossini: La Cenerentola

Disc 1
Title: La Cenerentola (Cinderella), Opera
Disc 2
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Track List: Rossini: Semiramide

Disc 1
Title: Semiramide, Opera
Disc 2
Disc 3
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Track List: Rossini: Torvaldo E Dorliska

Disc 1
Title: Torvaldo E Dorliska, Opera
Disc 2
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Track List: Rossini: William Tell

Disc 1
Title: Guillaume Tell (William Tell), Opera
Disc 2
Disc 3

Comments

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So relaxing . this is music.....
#love it
Gods bless warner brothers!! My first exposure to classical music was looney tunes. Still a fan!!!
weinshan
We often overlook the fact that many children in the US had their first exposure to opera via cartoons.
Verdi and Rossini are my favorite opera composers. They still impact us with their music today.
coltonstorrs
Lol iandethlor66 6 thats for sure.
All I can picture is the fat guy being pummeled by Bugs Bunny, and his head shrinking from the alum during the figaro... Figaro... Figaro part. I'm in tears right now.
I love this song an I'm a little Opera snob ,there's all types .this is fun.. Kind of takes you prisoner to fun ,so there ,like all
This is a fun ditty the snobs don't care for it as history had said but then people are biased whoever writes these facts lol My fact is its playful ,wonderful sexy funny and a fun mockery at itself i love it when things get to heavy and need a stream of FRESH thru my Ears and devoirs me then me giggle ...
looney tunes episode and bugs bunny shaving elmer....... . yeap!!!! shaemac_423
Like a BOSS!!He made lots of $$:-)
What a boss.
Me too Strausser, me too
bravo we love u
Rossini gives me heartburn. Ill just have the soup and salad.
shaemac_423
every time i hear this song, i picture the looney tunes episode and bugs bunny shaving elmer lol
Il Barbiere di Siviglia è magnifico.
che buone canzione de rossini
italia
viva italia
i love you rossini mamma mia
he has really style in this song
i super love this song it makes feel that i am italian
Love Rossini every time I listen to him I think about the movie...."Ro s s i n i ' s ghost* I can listen to him all day
Rabbit of savil anyone ? No just me then.
dhdjcjcjja
Makes me want to get a hooker and eat pasta
Il clarinettist a là è brillante, dinamico vitrtuoso.
diamondspear l s a n d
I love this music. It is spooo good for my soul!!
Hi- ho Silver way! The Lone Ranger rides again!!! Clayton Moore was the Lone Ranger and the last I heard of him he was having a battle over copy rights for the character. How very sad. Clatyon Moore was the Lone Ranger and the only one who will ever be entitled to that identity and silver bullets. Tonto is also a favorite Kemo-saube. Who was that masked man? I'm so glad I grew up with them. DMB
lecimara05
Mereveilleux ! Maravilloso ! Marvelous ! Meravigliosa ! I say in the only languages I can speak. La Gazza Ladra is splendid as well !
I like this even though my taste of music calls for something a bit more melancholy, or slower paced
L'ouverture di stimolare meravigliosa .
Wonderful.
wabbitsnot
this b**ch got style, u know what im sayin? aw yea
Arguably the epitome of classical music. This however is not my favorite rendition. The tempo is I think just a bit rapid to my liking. But that's just my opinion.
mydogbites23
i CANNOT HELP BUT THINK OF ELMER FUD IN WEDDING DRAG....
I lov his songs
iffatiqbal50
This is beautiful! I love it.
robertoperus s i
ROBERTO ALDO. I ALWAYS I ADMIRE THE FANTASTIC SAY MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC GRAT
john28904
Happy Birthday Rossini!
Aurelian en Palmira...I always loved to play the clarinet solo at 5:12 minute mark!
I ador him Rossini's Barbiere di Siviglia Kavatin of Figaro was big part of my concerts .
Missak Kayssarian
caballero.cr u z
just great...can' t say anything more...
Gorgeous!
I love it!!!!! Encore Encore Encore por favor
isidor2009
I have two singers at the same time!! They are singing different songs.
Sounds good Tim, molto buono! Happy New Year.
Goes great with home made ravioli.
I like Rossini!
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