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Richard Osborne

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.001.0001

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Return to Paris (1855)

Return to Paris (1855)

(p.145) Chapter Fifteen Return to Paris (1855)

Richard Osborne

Oxford University Press

Gioachino Rossini’s journey from Florence to Paris took the best part of a month. There was agreeable spring weather and a stopover in Nice, where Rossini was serenaded by local musicians in the garden of his hotel. However, he still suffered. Olympe Pélissier had taken an apartment in Paris’s quartier Montmartre, to which only their closest friends were admitted: Count Frederic Fillet-Will, Baron Lionel de Rothschild, Daniel Auber, Michele Carafa, and Francesco Sampieri. As Rossini later explained, there was a formidable triple defence: first, the concierge (“a small fortress”), then his manservant (“a formidable bastion”), and finally Olympe (“to get past her, one needed to be invincible”). Rossini traveled to the fashionable Normandy beach resort of Trouville, where Ferdinand Hiller was also staying. If Rossini had been ravaged by illness, Hiller saw little evidence of it.

Keywords:   Gioachino Rossini, Paris, Olympe Pélissier, Frederic Fillet-Will, Lionel de Rothschild, Daniel Auber, Michele Carafa, Francesco Sampieri, Ferdinand Hiller

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