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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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Last Years (1865–1868)

Last Years (1865–1868)

(p.161) Chapter Seventeen Last Years (1865–1868)

Richard Osborne

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Most of Gioachino Rossini’s initiatives were unsuccessful in later life. In earlier years, he had been shrewd and successful in his dealings with impresarios, singers, governments, and kings. Now he was either inept or too fond and sentimental. The Broglio affair, which cast a shadow over the last months of Rossini’s life, arose from what appeared to many to be his all too enthusiastic response to a letter from Florence’s minister of public education, Emilio Broglio. In December 1866, Rossini had some kind of stroke or thrombosis, but he survived well enough to be able to receive the many greetings and honors lavished on him on his 75th birthday the following February. The soirees continued, and Olympe Pélissier went on masterminding his life with her usual rigour. Rossini’s last official offering came in 1868, when King Victor Emanuel II nominated him for the Grand Knight of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Keywords:   Gioachino Rossini, Broglio affair, Emilio Broglio, stroke, Olympe Pélissier, Victor Emanuel II, Grand Knight

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