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Gioacchino Rossini

Gioachino Antonio Rossini (29 February 1792 – 13 November 1868) was an Italian composer who gained fame for his 39 operas, although he also wrote many songs, some chamber music and piano pieces, and some sacred music. He set new standards for both comic and serious opera before retiring from large-scale composition while still in his thirties, at the height of his popularity.

Born in Pesaro to parents who were both musicians (his father a trumpeter, his mother a singer), Rossini began to compose by the age of 12 and was educated at music school in Bologna. His first opera was performed in Venice in 1810 when he was 18 years old. In 1815 he was engaged to write operas and manage theatres in Naples. In the period 1810–1823 he wrote 34 operas for the Italian stage that were performed in Venice, Milan, Ferrara, Naples and elsewhere; this productivity necessitated an almost formulaic approach for some components (such as overtures) and a certain amount of self-borrowing. During this period he produced his most popular works including the comic operas L'italiana in Algeri, Il barbiere di Siviglia (known in English as The Barber of Seville) and La Cenerentola, which brought to a peak the opera buffa tradition he inherited from masters such as Domenico Cimarosa. He also composed opera seria works such as Otello, Tancredi and Semiramide. All of these attracted admiration for their innovation in melody, harmonic and instrumental colour, and dramatic form. In 1824 he was contracted by the Opéra in Paris, for which he produced an opera to celebrate the coronation of Charles X, Il viaggio a Reims (later cannibalised for his first opera in French, Le comte Ory), revisions of two of his Italian operas, Le siège de Corinthe and Moïse, and in 1829 his last opera, Guillaume Tell.

Rossini's withdrawal from opera for the last 40 years of his life has never been fully explained; contributary factors may have been ill-health, the wealth his success had brought him, and the rise of spectacular grand opera under composers such as Giacomo Meyerbeer. From the early 1830s to 1855, when he left Paris and was based in Bologna, Rossini wrote relatively little. On his return to Paris in 1855 he became renowned for his musical salons on Saturdays, regularly attended by musicians and the artistic and fashionable circles of Paris, for which he wrote the entertaining pieces Péchés de vieillesse. Guests included Franz Liszt, Anton Rubinstein, Giuseppe Verdi, Meyerbeer and Joseph Joachim. Rossini's last major composition was his Petite messe solennelle (1863). He died in Paris in 1868.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 29th, 1792 (Pesaro), Died November 13th, 1868 (Passy)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1897 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings (Results 76-100 of 482 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-2510 10-in. 5/1/1905 Miei rampolli Arcangelo Rossi Bass vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-2690 10-in. 6/28/1905 Tarantella Giuseppe Campanari Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor D-2845 14-in. 10/26/1905 William Tell overture finale Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-2912 10-in. 11/28/1905 Zelmira Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-3221-A 12-in. 3/28/1906 William Tell : Ballet music Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor C-3221-B 12-in. 3/28/1906 William Tell : Ballet music Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-3221-C 10-in. 3/28/1906 William Tell : Ballet music Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor C-4320 12-in. 3/17/1907 Inflammatus Johanna Gadski Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-4535 12-in. 5/28/1907 Ecco ridente Florencio Constantino Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-4548 12-in. 5/31/1907 Una voce poco fa Alice Nielsen ; Victor Orchestra Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-4713 12-in. 7/25/1907 Cujus animam John A. Finnegan Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-4858 12-in. 10/3/1907 Una voce poco fa Marcella Sembrich Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-4868 12-in. 10/8/1907 Cujus animam Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-4943 12-in. 11/21/1907 Inflammatus Helene Noldi Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-4994 12-in. 1/7/1908 La calunnia Marcel Journet Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-4994 12-in. 10/20/1925 La calunnia Marcel Journet Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-6038 12-in. 3/17/1908 Fac ut portem Louise Homer Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-6113 12-in. 4/14/1908 Pro peccatis Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-6573 12-in. 11/2/1908 Bel raggio lusinghier Marcella Sembrich Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-6867 12-in. 3/8/1909 Largo al factotum Emilio de Gogorza Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-7032 12-in. 5/1/1909 Quis est homo Johanna Gadski ; Louise Homer Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra composer  
Victor C-8638 12-in. 2/16/1910 La gazza ladra overture Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-8643 10-in. 2/17/1910 Inflammatus Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor C-8645 12-in. 2/17/1910 Cujus animam Arthur Pryor's Band Band, with trombone solo composer  
Victor CVE-8645 12-in. 10/14/1926 Cujus animam Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
(Results 76-100 of 482 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rossini, Gioacchino," accessed March 2, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102419.

Rossini, Gioacchino. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 2, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102419.

"Rossini, Gioacchino." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 March 2021.

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