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Gioachino Rossini:

Usually, an overture is a piece of music played at the beginning of a play, opera or ballet in order to set the mood. But there are also other kinds of overtures.

Music heard in this episode:
Lully: Les Noces de Village Overture
Telemann: Alaster Overture in F Major
Offenbach: Grand Duchess:Overture
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo: Toccata
Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture
Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream Overture
Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
Rossini: William Tell Overture

Other shows about Gioachino Rossini:
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."

See other composers born in Italy


This Week's Quiz:

1. An overture opens a piece of music.



2.Overtures put the listener in the mood for what's coming up.



3. An overture often includes music from the stage work that follows it.




Gioachino Rossini
William Tell Overture

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

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