Our first concert of our 2016-2017 lineup is SINS OF OLD AGE
Gioacchino Rossini was known to have said: “Give me the laundress’ bill and I will set it to music.”
In 1829, at the age of 37, after composing forty major works for the stage, Rossini retired, an immensely wealthy man.
For the next four decades and until shortly before his death at the age of 76, Rossini wrote mostly small instrumental and vocal pieces, which he titled Péchés de ma vieillese (Sins of my Old Age) and Soirées Musicales (Musical Gatherings).
Rossini meant to share these works mostly with his vast circle of friends and acquaintances on his popular impromptu concerts at home in Paris. Members of the nobility, opera singers, famous writers and celebrities of every stripe would vie for an invitation to Rossini’s popular Saturday evening gatherings at his mansion in the elegant Bois de Boulogne, where they would hope to rub elbows with the likes of Meyerbeer, Gounod, Liszt, Georges Sand and Chopin.
The then unknown Arthur Sullivan, the up and coming Georges Bizet, the barely popular (with the French) Richard Wagner, all came seeking encouragement and perhaps a recommendation from the old master. They could also stay to enjoy refreshments that came straight from the vineyards of the Baron de Rothschild.
These compositions are mostly light in character, sometimes sentimental, and very often humorous. They can also be enormously challenging to play or sing. After his death, all 186 of these little gems were published and became well known, thanks to the efforts of Olympe Pellissier, Rossini’s widow.
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IMAGES (l TO r): GEORGES SAND…MEYERBEER…BARON PHILLIPE DE ROTSCHILD…ARTHUR SULLIVAN…WAGNER…LISZT…BIZET…CHOPIN