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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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Venice and Milan (1811–1814)

Venice and Milan (1811–1814)

(p.16) Chapter Two Venice and Milan (1811–1814)

Richard Osborne

Oxford University Press

Gioachino Rossini returned home from Venice with money in his pocket and the hope of a new commission. Unfortunately, Bologna was no longer the best place to be. By 1811 Milan had taken over as continental Europe’s principal meeting place for impresarios and agents. Bologna was becoming a bit of a backwater. While he waited, Rossini rehearsed and directed an Italian-language performance of Joseph Haydn’s The Seasons sponsored by the Accademia dei Concordi. He may also have written the six-movement showpiece cantata for soprano, chorus, and orchestra, La morte di Didone (“The Death of Dido”), which he presented to Domenico Mombelli’s daughter, Ester Mombelli. If he did write it in 1811, it offers a remarkable glimpse of things to come.

Keywords:   Gioachino Rossini, Venice, new commission, Bologna, Milan, Joseph Haydn, The Seasons, Domenico Mombelli, Ester Mombelli

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