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RossiniHis Life and Works$
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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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The Early Operas (II):

The Early Operas (II):

Demetrio e Polibio, L’equivoco stravagante, Ciro in Babilonia, La pietra del paragone

(p.191) Chapter twenty-one The Early Operas (II):

Richard Osborne

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Gioachino Rossini was 12 when he wrote six 12-string sonatas. At much the same time, he took the first step towards translating these precociously developed instrumental skills into his mother’s world of stage play and song. They were piecemeal efforts, of course; as was Demetrio e Polibio, the opera he assembled at the request of the Mombelli family to a libretto by Vincenzina Vigano-Mombelli whilst still a student in Bologna. Technically it is his first opera, though it was not staged professionally until 1812. L’equivoco stravagante was Rossini’s second professional opera but his first in the longer two-act form. Ciro in Babilonia was Rossini’s first essay in the semisacred genre deployed to comply with regulations governing the use of theaters during Lent. Rossini’s first Milanese opera was La pietra del paragon, a melodrama giocoso by one of the Teatro alla Scala’s house librettists, Luigi Romanelli.

Keywords:   Gioachino Rossini, sonatas, opera, libretto, Vincenzina Vigano-Mombelli, Bologna, theaters, Lent, Luigi Romanelli

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