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The Formative Years (1792–1810)

Richard Osborne

in Rossini: His Life and Works

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2007
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October 2011
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9780195181296
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9780199851416
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Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The family into which Gioachino Rossini was born on February 29, 1792 lacked both status and money; yet at his baptism in the city’s ancient cathedral later that same day, two local grandees stood as ... More


Overtures

Richard Osborne

in Rossini: His Life and Works

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2007
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Oxford University Press
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10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0020
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Music, History, Western

Overtures were sometimes adapted or reused, to the great joy of the anti-Gioachino Rossini brigade, who were fond of pointing out that whereas Ludwig van Beethoven wrote four overtures for one opera, ... More


Rossini: His Life and Works

Richard Osborne

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2007
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October 2011
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9780195181296
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9780199851416
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Oxford University Press
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10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Gioachino Rossini was one of the most influential, as well as one of the most industrious and emotionally complex of the great 19th-century composers. Between 1810 and 1829, he wrote 39 operas, a ... More


Les heureux étrangers—Italian Music Drama

Mark Everist

in Music Drama at the Paris Odéon, 1824–1828

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2002
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May 2012
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9780520234451
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9780520928909
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chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520234451.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter examines works by Gioachino Rossini, Giacomo Meyerbeer, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and considers the ways in which Italian music drama was adapted to the conventional boundaries of ... More


Paris (1824–1829)

Richard Osborne

in Rossini: His Life and Works

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2007
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October 2011
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9780195181296
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9780199851416
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Oxford University Press
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10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Gioachino Rossini’s return to Paris in July 1824 was relatively brief. Affairs in Bologna needed seeing to before what promised to be a protracted stay abroad. His mother was no longer in the best of ... More


1819–1821

Richard Osborne

in Rossini: His Life and Works

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2007
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9780195181296
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Oxford University Press
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10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Shortly after lauding to the skies the dramatically flawed Ricciardo e Zoraide, and just three weeks after acclaiming the revised Mosè in Egitto, the Naples audience gave short shrift to his newest ... More


Retirement from Operatic Composition

Richard Osborne

in Rossini: His Life and Works

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2007
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9780195181296
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9780199851416
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Oxford University Press
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10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, Western

In 1829–1830, the likelihood of Gioachino Rossini’s retirement from operatic composition was a widely reported news story; by the end of the decade it was a fact of life, regretted by some, ... More


Rome and Il barbiere di Siviglia (1816)

Richard Osborne

in Rossini: His Life and Works

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2007
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October 2011
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9780195181296
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9780199851416
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Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Gioachino Rossini arrived in Rome in the early part of November 1815 to oversee a reworked version of Il turco in Italia and to write a new piece for the Teatro Valle, a sentimental ‘rescue’ opera in ... More


Paris, the Rhineland, and Return to Italy (1835–1846)

Richard Osborne

in Rossini: His Life and Works

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2007
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October 2011
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9780195181296
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9780199851416
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Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0013
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Since Gioachino Rossini’s return to Paris in 1830, he had taken to writing occasional items for individual singers and particular social gatherings, principal among which was the salon of the ... More


Venice and Milan (1811–1814)

Richard Osborne

in Rossini: His Life and Works

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2007
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9780195181296
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9780199851416
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Oxford University Press
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10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Gioachino Rossini returned home from Venice with money in his pocket and the hope of a new commission. Unfortunately, Bologna was no longer the best place to be. By 1811 Milan had taken over as ... More


Bologna, Paris, Madrid (1829–1834):: Stabat mater, Olympe Pélissier, and Balzac

Richard Osborne

in Rossini: His Life and Works

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2007
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October 2011
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9780195181296
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9780199851416
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Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0012
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The Théâtre Italien’s Édouard Robert spent the winter on a long-drawn-out scouting mission through Italy, beginning and ending in Bologna. He was looking for singers and operas, but he was also ... More


Return to Paris (1855)

Richard Osborne

in Rossini: His Life and Works

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2007
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October 2011
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9780195181296
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9780199851416
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Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0015
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Gioachino Rossini’s journey from Florence to Paris took the best part of a month. There was agreeable spring weather and a stopover in Nice, where Rossini was serenaded by local musicians in the ... More


Vienna, Verona, Venice (1822–1823)

Richard Osborne

in Rossini: His Life and Works

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2007
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Oxford University Press
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10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Gioachino Rossini and Isabella Colbran arrived in Vienna on March 23. Four days later they attended a performance of Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischütz. A new opera, Euryanthe, had been ... More


Paris and London (1823–1824)

Richard Osborne

in Rossini: His Life and Works

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2007
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October 2011
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9780195181296
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9780199851416
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Oxford University Press
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10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The spring and summer of 1823 were spent at Castenaso, where Gioachino Rossini was able to give thought to the renovation of the palazzo he had acquired in Bologna’s Strada Maggiore the previous ... More


La gazza ladra and the Semiseria Style

Richard Osborne

in Rossini: His Life and Works

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2007
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October 2011
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9780195181296
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9780199851416
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Oxford University Press
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10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0029
Subject:
Music, History, Western

In all other respects the operas are complementary, contrasted versions of the semiseria genre, with its unpredictable mix of comedy, drama, melodrama, and incipient tragedy. The orderliness which ... More


Saturday Soirées and a New Mass

Richard Osborne

in Rossini: His Life and Works

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2007
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October 2011
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9780195181296
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Oxford University Press
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10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0016
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Over the next ten years, artists, scientists, politicians, diplomats, and the pick of Parisian society attended the Rossinis’ salon in the rue de la Chaussée d’Antin to mingle with and hear a galaxy ... More


Last Years (1865–1868)

Richard Osborne

in Rossini: His Life and Works

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2007
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October 2011
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9780195181296
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9780199851416
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Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0017
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Most of Gioachino Rossini’s initiatives were unsuccessful in later life. In earlier years, he had been shrewd and successful in his dealings with impresarios, singers, governments, and kings. Now he ... More


Entr’ acte:: Some Problems of Approach to the Works

Richard Osborne

in Rossini: His Life and Works

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2007
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October 2011
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9780195181296
eISBN:
9780199851416
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0018
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The decline in the popularity of Gioachino Rossini’s operas, which Henry Chorley had noted as early as the 1840s, was followed after Rossini’s death by a decline in his overall reputation and in the ... More


Vocal and Piano Music:: Early Songs, Giovanna d’Arco, Les soirées musicales, Péchés de vieillesse

Richard Osborne

in Rossini: His Life and Works

Published in print:
2007
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October 2011
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9780195181296
eISBN:
9780199851416
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0040
Subject:
Music, History, Western

In addition to the Petite messe solennelle and a number of brief public pieces d’occasion, Gioachino Rossini composed, and later collected into 13 meticulously ordered volumes, the 150 songs and ... More


Naples, Rome, and Milan (1816–1817)

Richard Osborne

in Rossini: His Life and Works

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2007
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October 2011
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9780195181296
eISBN:
9780199851416
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Gioachino Rossini returned to Naples to find that the San Carlo theatre had been gutted by fire. Within a year it would be lavishly rebuilt under the supervision of the architect to the royal ... More


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