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Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in Articles, News | 0 comments

Google Shows Love to Rossini Today! Happy Birthday, Gioachino!

This story was originally published in The Guardian. Here’s a snippet! Please leave a comment below — surely there’s something to be said about Rossini. :)

by Martin Kettle

If you’re using Google today – and most probably you are – you’ll have noticed the Google doodle, marking Gioachino Rossini‘s 220th (or should that be 53rd?) birthday.

Anniversaries are the lifeblood – but also the bane – of classical music scheduling. A composer’s 100th or 200th anniversary is a guarantee of extra performances, which is generally a good thing. But it’s a reminder, too, that classical music is still terribly dependent on its past and insufficiently energised by its present. That’s why, most of the time, musical anniversaries make my heart sink. I’m already dreading the overkill next year when Wagner and Verdi have their 200th anniversaries and Britten his 100th – even though I revere all three of them mightily.

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