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Offline Florestan

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Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868)
« on: May 14, 2019, 10:33:00 AM »
Jesus Christ, Holy Mother Mary and All the Saints in Heaven! I cannot for the life of me believe, or understand, that there is no stable, dedicated and committed Rossini thread here on GMG.

No, really --- one of the greatest, most influential composers of Western music canon to suffer such criminal neglect is incomprehensible to me ---

--- well, maybe not that incomprehensible, actually, given that there is no corresponding Paganini thread, either...

...anyway, I just want to say that Rossini gave, and gives me, countless hours of pleasure and fun --- and that when I'm blue I have only to reach for The Barber of Seville or Il Viaggio a Reims or Il Turco in Italia or, or, or... --- and instantly a smile gets on my face, the sun gets brighter and my day is made.

Let me quote Heinrich Heine in this respect:

Rossini, divino maestro, Helios of Italy, you who have spread your sounding
rays over the entire world [...] I myself take pleasure
in your golden tones, your melodious lights, your sparkling butterfly
dreams, which frolic about me so delightfully, and kiss my heart as though
with the lips of the Graces.


Amen!

And for all those who might reject his music out of sheer intellectual snobbery, let me also hasten to add that Schopenhauer had no use for Wagner and Hegel had no use for Beethoven --- yet they both professed unqualified love for Rossini.

I just love Rossini's music, be it operas, string sonatas, piano music or songs...

...how about you, gentlemen?

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"I compose music because I must give utterance to my feelings, just as I talk because I must give utterance to my thoughts." --- Sergei Rachmaninoff

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Re: Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868)
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2019, 10:45:36 AM »
Two points:

1) You've only yourself to blame. You've been a member of this site since the olden days, why have you failed to start a Rossini thread up until now? It is not as if the Brian thread was started by edict of the EU commission of composer discussion.

2) Do you really want to start the Rossini thread with a rebuttal to imagined slights by imagined intellectual snobs who look down on Rossini?

I seem to remember liking this DVD.



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Re: Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868)
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2019, 10:48:53 AM »
Et après tout, c'est vrai: ....the sun gets brighter and my day is made....

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Rossini: the great operatic genius
Richard Osborne Mon 21st January 2019
It was Falstaff who said that he was not only witty in himself but the inspirer of wit in others. And so it has been with Rossini, such is the tunefulness and vitality of the best of his music. I imagine I am not alone in being exceptionally fond of Respighi’s La boutique fantasque or Britten’s Rossini-inspired Soirées and Matinées. And is there a more life-enhancing record than ‘Black Dyke Plays Rossini’, first issued by Chandos in 1983?

The bottom line is that, whatever the immensity of Rossini’s larger achievement as a composer – and we’re talking here of the principal architect of 19th-century Italian opera, and a good deal of French and German opera too – his true legacy is that he has helped put a very large smile on the world’s face. And, goodness, has it needed it!

Richard Osborne is widely respected for his extensive research and writings on Rossini; his translation of Ferdinand Hiller’s revelatory ‘Conversations with Rossini’ was published in October by Pallas Athene.

This article originally appeared in the December 2018 issue of Gramophone.

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Re: Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868)
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2019, 10:57:08 AM »
You've only yourself to blame. You've been a member of this site since the olden days, why have you failed to start a Rossini thread up until now?

Guilty as charged, your honour!

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Do you really want to start the Rossini thread with a rebuttal to imagined slights by imagined intellectual snobs who look down on Rossini?

Actually, no. It was a (bad) joke.  :D

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"I compose music because I must give utterance to my feelings, just as I talk because I must give utterance to my thoughts." --- Sergei Rachmaninoff

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Re: Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868)
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2019, 11:17:29 AM »


Okay, how's this for snobbery. 

The opening of the Petite Messe Solonelle is a superb piece of musicmaking in its original form.


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Re: Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868)
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2019, 11:40:15 PM »
Ah! Maestro Zedda!

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....the sun gets brighter and my day is made....BIS.