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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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Arrival in Naples (1815)

Arrival in Naples (1815)

(p.31) Chapter Three Arrival in Naples (1815)

Richard Osborne

Oxford University Press

Gioachino Rossini left Bologna for Naples in June 1815, traveling via Florence and Rome. The journey from Rome to Naples was notoriously dangerous: the roads unprotected, the coaches expensive and dirty, the customs officials illiterate and corrupt. Not surprisingly, the note Rossini sent his parents on June 27 mingles relief with delight. Stimulated by an exuberant city, a remarkable impresario, and an equally remarkable singer, he was about to enter into what, creatively, would be the heartland of his musical career. 1815 was the year in which order returned to Europe. French rule had left an indelible mark on Italy, and the seeds of republicanism had been sown, but there was a sense in which the status quo ante had been restored.

Keywords:   Gioachino Rossini, Bologna, Naples, Rome, French rule, republicanism

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