Rossini is one of the great operatic composers and a major innovator in the field of serious and comic operas. Moise et Pharaon is a score which he revised for Paris ten years after it had been composed for Naples; the result shows the evolution of his dramatic taste over a crucial decade - from the neo-classical sublime to spectacular Romantic grand opera. Il barbiere di Siviglia has been a consistent favourite with the public and performers since it opened, and Marco Spada analyses how its stylish comedy has been misunderstood. Other essays throw light on the working conditions of the 'opera industry' in Rossini's Italy, on Balzac's delightful novel concerning Moise and on the exceptional challenge of performing this type of music to a high standard.
Gioachino Antonio Rossini (1792 1868) was an Italian composer best known for the opera comedies "Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)" and "La Cenerentola (Cinderella).""
List of Illustrations Contributors Rossini: the Serious and the Comic by Philip Gossett The Composer at Work by John Rosselli The Roots of a Masterpiece by Marco Spada A Personal View of Rossini by Ubaldo Gardini Thematic Guide 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia' libretto by Cesare Sterbini 'The Barber of Seville' English version by J. Dent Act One Act Two Balzac, Stendhal and Rossini's 'Moses' by Pierluigi Petrobelli From Sublime to Romantic by Richard Bernas Thematic Guide 'Moise et Pharaon' libretto by Victor de Jouy and Louis Balochy 'Moses' English translation by John and Nell Moody Act One Act Two Act Three Act Four Bibliography Discography
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