Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini was born on this day in 1792 – so he would be 220 today, or only 55 if you go by leap years!
The Italian composer is most famous for his operatic works – especially Italian comedies such as Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) and La Cenerentola (Cinderella). His song-like melodies and popularity led to a special nickname, “The Italian Mozart”. Rossini retired from composing opera in 1829, but continued to compose (in other genres) for a few subsequent years. In the years leading up to his death in 1868 he remained largely silent as a composer.
Read more about Rossini, his works, and his life, online here. Alternatively, swing by your very own Crouch Fine Arts Library to check out these marvelous works of literature:
“Rossini: his life and works” by Richard Osbourne
ML410 .R8 O9 2007
“Rossini: his life and times” by Nicholas Till
ML410 .R8 T54 1983
“Vie de Rossini (Life of Rossini)” by Stendahl
ML410 .R8 S753 1985