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Rossini : his life and works

Author: Richard Osborne
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Series: Master musicians series.
Edition/Format:   book_printbook : Biography : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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A biography of the great Italian composer, who transformed the world of opera in his youth, and after a gap of two decades, created a series of emotionally complex songs and solo piano pieces.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Osborne, Richard, 1943-
Rossini.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)639585168
Named Person: Gioacchino Rossini; Gioacchino Rossini; Gioacchino Rossini; Gioachino Rossini; Gioacchino Rossini
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Osborne
ISBN: 9780195181296 0195181298
OCLC Number: 71369128
Description: xxiv, 392 p., [12] p. of plates : ill., music ; 25 cm.
Contents: The formative years (1792-1810) --
Venice and Milan (1811-1814) --
Arrival in Naples (1815) --
Rome and Il barbiere di Siviglia (1816) --
Naples, Rome and Milan (1816-1817) --
Mosè in Egitto and return to Pesaro (1818) --
1819-1821 --
Vienna, Verona, Venice (1822-1823) --
Paris and London (1823-1824) --
Paris (1824-1829) --
Retirement from operatic composition --
Bologna, Paris, Madrid (1829-1834): Stabat mater, Olympe Pélissier, and Balzac --
Paris, the Rhineland, and return to Italy (1835-1846) --
Times of Barricades and Assassinations: Bologna, Florence, and departure from Italy (1847-1855) --
Return to Paris (1855) --
Saturday soirées and a new Mass --
Last years (1865-1868) --
Entr'acte: some problems of approach to the works --
The early operas (I): Farse for Venice's Teatro San Moisè --
Overtures --
The early operas (II): Demetrio e Polibio, L'equivoco stravagante, Ciro in Babilonia, La pieta del paragone --
Tancredi: heroic comedy and the forming of a method --
L'italiana in Algeri: formal mastery in the comic style --
Milan and Venice (1813-1814): Aureliano in Palmira, Il turco in Italia, Sigismondo --
Arrival in Naples (1815-1816): Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra, La gazzetta --
Il barbiere di Siviglia and the transformation of a tradition --
Otello and the confrontation of tragedy --
La Cenerentola: an essay in comic pathos --
La gazza ladra and the semiseria style --
Armida and the new romanticism --
Moisè in Egitto (1818-1819) and Moïse et Pharaon (1827) --
A lost masterpiece and a forgotten favourite: Ermione and Ricciardo e Zoraide --
Rossini and Scott: La donna del lago --
Maometto II (1820) and Le Siège de Corinth (1826) --
Back from the shadows: Matilde di Shabran and Zelmira --
Farewell to Italy: Semiramide --
Il viaggio a Reims (1825) and Le Comte Ory (1828) --
Guillaume Tell --
Sacred music: Messa di Gloria, Stabat mater, Petite messe solennelle --
Vocal and piano music: Early songs, Giovanna d'Arco, Les soirées musicales, Péchés de viellesse --
Appendixes. A. Calendar ; B. List of works ; C. Personalia.
Series Title: Master musicians series.
Responsibility: Richard Osborne.
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Rossini was one of the most influential, industrious and emotionally complex of the great nineteenth-century composers. From 1810-1829 he wrote 39 operas which transformed opera in Italy and France.  Read more...

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Osborne's Rossini remains indispensable both as a conspectus of, and prolegomenon to, the life and work of this most colourful of operative composers. Conor Farrington. TLS.

 
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