Suggested by:Google Doodle – February 29th was the birth date of the composer.
The instrumental opening to the 39th and final opera by Rossini – until his retirement, he was the most popular opera compose in history. Isn’t that a rather lovely thing to know about yourself? Very flattering.
Rossini is a somewhat fascinating character. His father was a Bonaparte supporter – and served the time to prove it. A talented child, his abilities at the harpsichord, violin and piano rapidly became apparent.
Comprising of 4 movements; each one follows the one before without pause – a structural anomaly.
According to wikipedia:
The overture is scored for: a piccolo, a flute, two oboes (first or second oboe doubles a cor anglais (not a clue?)), two clarinets in A, two bassoons, four horns in G and E, two trumpets in E, three trombones, timpani, triangle, bass drum and cymbals, and strings.
I think I love this piece. Without really liking it. It’s all so dramatic and meaningful, so full of itself and purpose. Which I despise.
I do actually love it. For all the reasons I shouldn’t.
Frustrating this classical stuff isn’t it?
DID YOU KNOW?
This is one of the most frequently used pieces of classical music on American advertisements.
Apparently – it is hypothesized – this is because it specifically appeals to male consumers. I have no idea whether this is true or not, but what a delicious thought!
In recent times, it has been popularised as the theme music for the Lone Ranger.