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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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Vienna, Verona, Venice (1822–1823)

Vienna, Verona, Venice (1822–1823)

(p.73) Chapter Eight Vienna, Verona, Venice (1822–1823)

Richard Osborne

Oxford University Press

Gioachino Rossini and Isabella Colbran arrived in Vienna on March 23. Four days later they attended a performance of Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischütz. A new opera, Euryanthe, had been commissioned for the following year. The disorder and apparent poverty in which Ludwig van Beethoven lived came as something of a shock to Rossini. The situation moved Rossini to speak of the need to find Beethoven better lodgings and greater recognition from Viennese society. Before leaving Vienna in July, he wrote a song as his farewell to a number of cities. With a difficult summit meeting of European leaders scheduled to take place in Verona in November, Prince Klemens Wenzel von Metternich invited Rossini be the event’s “official composer.” At the same time as Rossini was talking to Metternich about Verona, he was also brokering deals with the Teatro La Fenice in Venice.

Keywords:   Gioachino Rossini, Isabella Colbran, Vienna, Carl von Weber, Ludwig van Beethoven, Verona, von Metternich, Venice

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