Happy Birthday Gioachino Rossini

Happy 55th Birthday to opera megastar Gioachino Rossini!! The prolific composer – who applied his considerable talents not only to opera but also sacred and orchestral music and works for voice and solo instrument – would be 220 years old today, but since his birthday falls on February 29 it is only the 55th such occurrence.  He is best remembered for his opera Barber of Seville, and without this and the overture to his opera William Tell television advertising and The Lone Ranger would never be the same.

Here is a later work by Rossini, the Petite Messe Solennelle (Small Sacred Mass), his last significant work.  While a liturgical setting, it showcases the innate operatic talent of this master. Click on the image below to check it out!