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Rossini, Gioachino (Antonio)locked

  • Philip Gossett
  •  and Richard Osborne


(b Pesaro, Feb 29, 1792; d Passy, Nov 13, 1868). Italian composer. The most important Italian composer of the first half of the 19th century, Rossini transformed the form and content of Italian opera, displacing dated and dying traditions inherited from such composers as Cimarosa and Paisiello and establishing in their place a largely new set of procedures. Though best known for his comic operas – and for music that is sensuous, brilliant and rhythmically vital – Rossini’s contribution to the evolution of ...

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