Italian Romantic period opera composer Gioacchino Antonio Rossini (1792-1868) was born on Leap Day and claimed that helped to make him somewhat a joyful rogue and rake. His zest for life spilled out in many of his compositions, which are still among the favorites in the operatic repertoire. Operas include Guillaume Tell (William Tell) and Il Barbiere de Siviglia (The Barber of Seville). His church music includes the Petite Messe solennelle. In later life, he returned to writing chamber music, as he had in his youth. Here he is remembered most for Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age).
Lyrics to Isaac Watts hymn with music from Rossini, arranged by Henry W. Greatorex, in MIDI format. Includes portrait and NWC format score.
Directory of mp3s on the internet that have been made available by their performing artists.
Biography, complete files offered in MIDI, MP3, and Windows Media audio formats, including live recordings of featured artists.
Listing at the Lied and Art Songs Text Page with Italian lyrics to vocal works, many in English translation.
Biography, portrait, and pictures of original French burial place, the Cimetière du Père Lachaise, with virtual memorial from Find A Grave.
Biography, portrait, and pictures of his cenotaph and the Santa Croce Church in Florence, with virtual memorial from Find A Grave.
Filmography tracing the extensive use of his works in motion pictures and television and productions based on various operas from the Internet Movie Database.
Brief biography and caricature with summaries of operatic, church, and chamber music and Naxos discography.
Biographical data, recommended CDs, books and sheet music, bibliography, and links to biographical essays from Dr. Estrella's Incredibly Abridged Dictionary of Composers.
Catholic Encyclopedia article focusing on his musical innovations and his church music.
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