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Gioachino Rossini:
Weather in Music

Depicting a thunderstorm in music was one of Rossini's specialties. Here are some more examples of musical thunderstorms.

Music heard in this episode:
Rossini: Barber of Seville Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6
Haydn: Symphony No. 8 "Evening:" La Tempesta
Vivaldi: Flute Concerto No. 1
Fucik: Thunder and Blazes
Fillmore: Rolling Thunder
Field: Piano Concerto No. 5
R. Strauss: An Alpine Symphony
Bach: St. Matthew Passion
Rossini: William Tell Overture

Other shows about Gioachino Rossini:
About Gioachino Rossini
The Story of William Tell

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About Gioachino Rossini
2/29/1792 - 11/13/1868
Born in Italy

Gioachino Rossini, the most popular opera composer of his day, was born in Pesaro, Italy. Like many composers, Rossini learned about music from his parents. Gioachino's father played the horn and the trumpet, and his mother was an opera singer. When Gioachino was a little boy, he learned to play the piano and to sing.

In Rossini's day, the opening of a new opera was as exciting as the opening of a new movie is for us. Rossini wrote his first opera when he was 18 years old. His most famous opera is The Barber of Seville. And after composing the opera William Tell in 1829, when he was 37, Rossini stopped writing operas.

After that, Rossini didn't compose again for years. When he was much older, he wrote some music for the church, and he wrote a lot of small pieces to entertain his friends. Because those pieces were not very serious, he jokingly referred to them as "Sins of Old Age."

See other composers born in Italy


This Week's Quiz:

1. What work by Beethoven includes a storm?

Symphony No. 3 Eroica

Symphony No. 6 Pastoral

Symphony No. 9 Choral

Fur Elise

2.A thunder sheet is a

large piece of flexible metal that is shaken to make the sound of thunder



canvas cover

3. Voices as well as instruments can imitate thunderstorms.




Gioachino Rossini
William Tell Overture

Composed in 1829
Performed by Zagreb Festival Orchestra
Michael Halász, conductor

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