Gioachino Rossini (1792 – 1868)

Gioachino Rossini (1792 – 1868) was an Italian composer, particularly known for his operas, but also for his sacred and chamber music. He was born into a musical family: his father inspected slaughterhouses and was a horn player, and his mother was a singer. His father supported Napoleon Bonaparte’s invasion of Northern Italy, but when Napoleon was defeated, his father was imprisoned for a year.

By age 10, Rossini was composing for his own version of a string quartet: two violins, a cello, and a double bass. He learned much by scoring the quartets and symphonies of Haydn and Mozart, becoming known as “the little German.” He was early recognized as a composer of Italian opera, perhaps best known for his opera, the Barber of Seville, and his William Tell Overture. He was one of the first composers to earn a good living apart from the patronage system, and he enjoyed some freedom of movement and production throughout Europe.  He was known, not only from his mellifluous musical style, but also as a gourmet chef, “a la Rossini.”

Stabat Mater – complete

“Agnus Dei” from Stabat Mater

“Amen” from Stabat Mater

Petite Messe Solennelle (Little Solemn Mass)

“Crucifixus” from his Petite Messe

Petite Messe Solennelle Chailly

Andrea Bocelli – ”Domine” – Deus Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle


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