Royalty Free Music - Gioacchino Rossini
Gioacchino Rossini- Biography
Rossini was an Italian composer whose memorable melodies
and sparkling string writing brought him great success.
He was born on February 29th 1792 in Pesaro,
Italy into a musical family, and learned to sing and play
the harpsichord, horn and piano by the age of ten. In 1806
he began studies as a cellist at the Bologna Conservatorio,
and gained sufficient skill in composition and counterpoint
to have his first opera produced in Venice when he was only
His first great success however was an opera
"Tancredi", whose lyrical melodies and passionate words immediately
were a hit with his audiences and became popular songs. Rossini's
next great success was "The Barber Of Seville", written in
two weeks and packing Italian opera houses immediately.
All in all, Rossini wrote 39 operas, including
"William Tell", first produced in 1829. The overture from
this last opera is still incredibly popular today, with it's
energy and gusto coming from the dynamic orchestral writing.
He travelled through Italy, France and even to England, meeting
King George VI. Following his appointment as Chief Composer
to the King of France with its annual payment of £800, Rossini
was financially comfortable and independent. In 1832, his
father died and Rossini wrote his "Stabat Mater", but after
this Rossini wrote very little, spending time with friends
and enjoying life in Bologna, Florence and finally Paris.
He died in 1868 on November 13th, and was
buried at the Pere Lachaise cemetary in Paris. Rossini's music
displays verve and confidence, and its beautiful Italian melodies
and soaring crescendos communicate as well now as they did
to the Italian audiences of the nineteenth century. The overture
from "William Tell" has since been covered by Spike Jones
and the City Slickers, Mike Oldfield, Glen Campbell, Victor
Borge and the Animaniacs, and used as music on countless television
programmes and films including "The Lone Ranger", Stanley
Kubrick's "Clockwork Orange" and "The Flintstones", and is
now available as royalty free music.
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