Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Gioachino Antonio Rossini

Happy Birthday, Rossini!
Leap day, 1792


Gioachino Antonio Rossini was born on February 29, 1792. Leap day!! He was born in Italy to a family of musicians. His father played the horn and his mother was a singer. He was just six years old when he joined his father's band - he played the triangle. When he was only 10 years old, he was asked often to play the piano and sing at their church. At that age, he began composing and soon became the most celebrated composer of Italian Opera. The Blue Bugs' new puppet show, "the Fox Hunt" is from the Opera, William Tell. He and Verdi were friends!

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