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Nov 2011

The Overture to The Barber of Seville

The composer Gioachino Rossini was not your stereotypical struggling artist, torn by emotional turmoil and difficulties dealing with the world. In fact, it was quite the opposite. Known as a man of excesses, he loved life and made a point of living it fully. Best known for his opera buffa, or comic operas, he was also well known for his adoration of food and women. But despite these extremes, Rossini, “The Italian Mozart”, was one of the most brilliant musicians and composers of the past 200 years. His robust and jovial nature carried over into his compositions. Music was the means to his ends, and to support his lifestyle he turned out one brilliant opera after another. His genius was such that he finished his masterpiece The Barber of Seville in only three weeks, and though not his most famous overture, the Overture to The Barber of Seville is one of the most recognizable of his pieces.

Rossini made compositional choices that were significant and multigenerational. His goal was to create something comparatively “timeless” in music, and his desire was to please many subsequent generations of listeners. He ultimately succeeded in this endeavor with The Barber of Seville. So what is is about this opera that people latched onto? What is it about the music of the overture that has allowed it to become a staple in the classical music repertoire?

Join us this Saturday, November 12, as Redemption hill takes a trip to the Richmond Symphony to hear Rossini’s masterpiece. If you are looking for a date night out with your spouse, or significant other, this will be a great opportunity, as you will not only hear some great music performed by our local symphony, but will have the chance to hear more about Rossini and his piece, and how it relates to the gospel. A limited number of tickets are available for this event, so please RSVP here if you intend to go.


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