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Rossini, the Man and His Music Paperback – June, 1987

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (June 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486253961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486253961
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,228,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mike Williams on September 30, 2000
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Exhausted by his fame as the composer of such masterpieces as "The Barber of Seville", "William Tell", "L'Italiana in Algieri", "La Cenerentola", "Semiramide", and "La Gazza Ladra", Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868) retired from the operatic stage at the age of 37. His renowned, exuberant wit and personal charm served only to mask a much darker persona, that of a neurotic, highly sensitive and depressed genius who, at the height of his acclaim and popularity, renounced an active musical career and retreated into a life of rest and privacy.
Noted English author and music critic Francis Toye has provided a highly readable and unusually balanced account of the tragic comedy which was Rossini's life and personality. This compassionate but objective biography presents a clear, fair- minded evaluation of every aspect of the composer's life: his background and childhood, his career, his marriages, and the nature of his musical genius. The book goes into painstaking detail concerning the reasons behind Rossini's Great Renunciation, and the years of physical and mental illness that followed.
Long considered the definitive biography in English, this book takes great pains to dispel old misconceptions about the enigmatic composer, whose natural facility may have rivaled that of Mozart and Bach, and whose music sparkles with a wit, spontaneity and brilliance found in the work of few others. Toye's volume is a genuine pleasure to read, and may serve to greatly stimulate the reader's interest in the composer and his music.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brumel on June 24, 2014
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Concise and complete in clearing the misunderstandings of the grand talent Rossini.
The author shows genuine appreciation and understanding of his music and keen interest in the man.
Rossini is one of the most colorful personalities in music. I found it hard, for all his defects,] to wish him
to be otherwise. Rossini was not an intellectual nor really profound. I am not saying those aren't
virtues, I do say they're far from the only ones. For instance, there is the sparkling, the vivacious,
wit, and charm. Here and other ways, Rossini is one of the greatest.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucky on February 19, 2014
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Rossini is one of opera's best composers. In my study for his operas through the years, I have had questions as to why he wrote the pieces he did. This book answers those questions and gives a good understanding of his fascinating life.
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