Happy Birthday Rossini!

By S. Stasov

Photo: Google Images

It’s somehow appropriate that Gioachino Rossini was born on a droll date, February 29, 1792. Rossini was a gifted composer of comic opera. His melodies are so accessible and just plain feel good that his most famous tunes have become permanently ensconced in our culture.

Rossini was born in Pesaro, Italy, the son of itinerant musicians. His compositional gifts appeared early. He was writing hit operas by the age of 20, skyrocketing to fame as the glorified idol of the Italian music loving public. His most famous opera is The Barber of Seville (1816). His overture to the opera William Tell (1829) has been immortalized as the immediately recognizable theme to the Lone Ranger.

In spite of his early meteoric rise as an opera composer, Rossini’s last opera was written in 1829, when he was only 37 years old. He lived another 39 years in relative seclusion.

Bugs Bunny – Rabbit of Seville

Woody Woodpecker Largo al factotum from The Barber of Seville

The Lone Ranger Theme

The Complete Overture to William Tell (London Philharmonic, Alfred Scholz)

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