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Gioachino Rossini:
About Gioachino Rossini

Italian composer Gioachino Rossini was born in 1792 and died in 1868, so you might think that he celebrated 76 birthdays. But Rossini was born in a leap year, on February 29th, so he only had 18 official birthdays! Rossini was the most successful opera composer of his day.

Music heard in this episode:
Rossini: Prelude, Theme and Variations
Rossini: Barber of Seville: Una Voce Poco Fa
Rossini: Sonata No. 1 in G
Rossini: Di Tanti Palpiti
Rossini: Variations on Di Tanti Palpiti
Rossini: Barber of Seville: Overture
Rossini: Barber of Seville: Largo Al Factotum
Rossini: Cat Duet
Rossini: William Tell Overture

Other shows about Gioachino Rossini:
The Story of William Tell
Weather in Music

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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."

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This Week's Quiz:

1. Rossini was born in what country?





2.What is a solo song in an opera called?





3. What is the name of Rossini's best-known opera?

The Magic Flute


La Boheme

The Barber of Seville


Gioachino Rossini
William Tell Overture

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

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