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Rossini: His Life and Works

Richard Osborne

Abstract

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 body of work, comic and serious, which transformed Italian opera and radically altered the course of opera in France. His retirement from operatic composition in 1829, at the age of 37, was widely assumed to be the act of a talented but lazy man. In reality, political events and a series of debilitating illnesses were the determining factors. After drafting the Stabat Mater in 1832, Rossini wrote no m ... More

Keywords: Gioachino Rossini, composer, Italian opera, operatic composition, Barber of Seville

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195181296
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.001.0001

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Richard Osborne, author

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