Relax to Rossini’s Operas and Inspiring Classical Music
Calm Radio presents a classical music channel dedicated to the work of Gioachino Antonio Rossini. Rossini (1792-1868) was an Italian composer of the Romantic era, best known for his hugely popular operas Barber of Seville (1816) and William Tell (1829). Listen to this phenomenal collection of classical music, great for relaxing, studying, working and creativity.
Here are some interesting life facts about Rossini.
Rossini’s creative and work ethic output was like that of an opera factory. Between 1812 and 1822 he had composed 30 operas. At 23, he composed his famous The Barber of Seville in less than 21 days. (He claimed 12 days).
Rossini was a celebrity in the opera world. While other composers like Mozart and Beethoven struggled to earn a living, Rossini was hugely successful. Today, Rossini’s operas are still some of the most performed in the world.
Loved Fine Food
Rossini loved good food, good company, and entertaining his friends. As a child, Rossini worked as an altar boy just so he could drink the leftover sacramental wine after mass. In Paris, a chef dedicated recipes to Rossini, and in turn, the composer wrote piano pieces dedicated to entrées and desserts. Although he was known to be jovial, he suffered from depression, obesity, and was known to have suicidal thoughts.
Despite being hissed at the premiere, The Barber of Seville remains the most successful opera in history. The last opera he wrote, Guillaume Tell in 1829, Gaetano Donizetti, a fellow composer, was so impressed with it, that he said the first act was written by Rossini, but “God wrote the second act.”
Rossini died in 1868 at the age of 76, and over 4,000 people attended his funeral service. There is a beautiful tomb for him in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, but his remains were moved by his wife to Basilica Santa Croce in Florence in 1887.
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