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Rossini Anniversary – Once Every 4 Years

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Strictly speaking, we only get to celebrate Rossini’s birth anniversary every 4 years. Gioachino Antonio Rossini was born on February 29th 1792 (d 1868). He had a reputation as a bon vivant as you can tell from his portraitsbut found the time to compose 39 operas – which are still amongst the most often performed worldwide – and a substantial amount of choral and instrumental music. 

This is the Overture to Semiramide played by the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

 

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