Largo al factotum, from "The Barber of Seville"

By: Gioacchino Rossini
For: Large mixed ensemble
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Gioacchino Rossini
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This 1815 masterpiece is widely considered the greatest of comic operas. Even when operas of the bel canto period (Rossini's period of flourishing) were rarely performed, its frequent presence on operatic stages of the world was unabated. The first performance, in Rome in 1816 was a fiasco. The older opera composer Giovanni Paisiello had composed an opera on the same story, also called The Barber of Seville, in 1782. Rossini had misgivings about composing a new opera on the same text, so he first obtained Paisiello's gracious permission to go ahead, and originally called his new opera Almaviva. This did not prevent Paisiello's claque from sabotaging the premiere, a feat in which they were aided by under-rehearsal, sloppy production, and stage effects which failed to work properly. Soon afterward, with some changes, the opera was presented again. Without Paisiello's fans creating an uproar, the performance was a success, and by the third performance it resulted in ovations and quickly went on to sweep the operatic world. (As for Paisiello's opera, it was soon eclipsed by Rossini's, but more recently it has regained some appreciation in the operatic world.)

The Barber of Seville is the first of a trilogy of plays by the French dramatist Beaumarchais. These plays, which tended to depict nobility as buffoons dependant on and manipulated by their wily servants, were considered subversive in the late 1700s. (The Marriage of Figaro, the second of the plays, was turned into an opera by Mozart in 1786. It is Rossini's opera, by the way, not Mozart's, which has the comic aria "Largo al factotum" containing the call: "Figaro, Figaro, Figaro.") Figaro is the barber of the title. The plot involves the efforts of the amorous young Count Almaviva to woo and win the lovely Rosina, in the process outwitting her ward, Dr. Bartolo, who fancies her for himself. There are textual difference among production of the opera. The primary decision is whether Rosina's part should be sung by a mezzo-soprano (as Rossini originally intended) or by a soprano, as it has commonly been done since 1826, apparently with Rossini's permission. An aria for Bartolo was lost, and has been replaced by one composed by a composer named Romani. And the "Lesson Scene" is also lost, so the soprano gets to choose music by another composer to use in its place. Some of the great popular numbers in the opera are Almaviva's serenade "Ecco ridente in cielo" and the more passionate "Se il mio nome." Rosina's"Una voce poco fa" is probably the most popular of all coloratura arias, while Bartolo gets his own aria, "La Calunnia" ("Calumny"), all about the evil power of slander. Incidentally, the famous overture to the opera, which is probably among the most frequently heard compositions of Rossini's in the concert hall, was not composed originally for this opera at all! Rossini was short of time, so he simply grabbed an overture he had written earlier.

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Symphonie Fantastique - 2. Un Bal, O Little Town Of Bethlehem (1), Le Coucou, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, Symphony No.25 - 4. Allegro, Lullaby, The Blue Danube Waltzes, Of The Father's Love Begotten, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 - Scherzo, Swan Lake - Dance of the Cygnets, La Damnation de Faust - Rakoczy March, The Amazon Rag, Roses From The South, Symphony No.25 - 2. Andante, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 1. Allegro, Who Let The Cows Out?, Water Music Suite No.2 in D, Auld Lang Syne, Pictures at an Exhibition - Promenade, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 4. Bourree I and II, Birthday Minuet, Semper Fidelis, Rosamunde - Ballet Music No.2, Lohengrin - The Bridal Chorus, King Cotton, Slavonic Dance, Op.72 No.2, Orchestral Suite No.3 - 4. Bourree, Brandenburg Concerto No.3 - 1. Allegro, Brandenburg Concerto No.3 - 2. Adagio - Allegro, Children's Corner, No.6 The Golliwog's Cake-Walk, Lullay My Liking, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 2. Affettuoso, The High School Cadets, Symphony No.29 - 4. Allegro con spirito, Song Without Words No.27 "Funeral March" Op.62 No.3, The Blue Danube Waltzes, Habanera from "Carmen", Humoresque, Op.101 No.7, Symphony No.29 - 2. Andante, Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.7 Traumerei (Dreaming), Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op.42 - No.3 Melodie, The Merry Wives of Windsor - Overture, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, The Holly And The Ivy, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 "The Wedding March", Gradual, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 2. Rondeau, In Dulci Jubilo, Suite Bergamasque - No.3 Clair de Lune, Gymnopedie No.1, String Serenade - 2. Waltz, Pavane, Op.50, Serenade No.10 , Wine, Women and Song, Espana - 2. Tango, Tales From The Vienna Woods, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 - Nocturne, Trio No.3, Deck The Halls, The Nutcracker - Overture, Marche Militaire, Op.51 No.1, Maple Leaf Rag, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 3. Allegro, Song to the Moon, from "Rusalka", L'Estate ("Summer") - 2. Adagio, Presto, 16 Songs for Children, Op.54 No.6 Legend ("When Jesus Christ Was Yet A Child"), Ave Maria, Op.52 No.6, Sonata in A, KV 331 - 2. Menuetto and Trio, Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 3. Adagio, Bethena - A Concert Waltz, Sonata "Pathetique" Op.13 - 2. Adagio cantabile, The Washington Post March, String Sonata No.1 - 2. Andante, St. Paul's Suite - 4. Finale (The Dargason), Thais - Meditation, The Liberty Bell March, O Christmas Tree, Sextet: Chi mi frena, from "Lucia di Lammermoor", Marche Militaire, Op.51 No.1, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 1, Piano Sonata in A "Alla Turca" - 3. Rondo, Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 6. Theme and variations, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 7. Badinerie, La Cinquantaine, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 3, Anvil Chorus, from "Il Trovatore", We Three Kings, Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.13 Der Dichter Spricht (The Poet Speaks), Holberg Suite - 4. Air, Trombone Johnsen, L'Estate ("Summer") - 3. Presto, Canon in D, Piano Sonata No.14 "Moonlight" - 2. Allegretto, O soave fanciulla, from "La boheme", Orchestral Suite No.3 - 3. Gavotte I and II, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 3. Sarabande, Policy King, God Save The Queen, Who Let The Cows Out? - For Sax Quartet (AATB), Brandenburg Concerto No.2 - 3. Allegro assai, The Cannon Ball Rag, Symphony No.40 - 1. Allegro molto, The Entertainer, Water Music Suite No.1 in F, Berceuse, Op.16, Holberg Suite - 5. Rigaudon, Key-Stone Rag, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 3. Allegro, Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins - 3. Allegro, Minute Waltz, Op.64 No.1, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 1. Allegro non molto, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 1. Allegro, Emperor Waltz, Song Without Words No.30 - Spring Song Op.62 No.6, The Carnival of the Animals - The Swan, Symphony No.29 - 3. Menuetto, Orchestral Suite No.3 - 1. Overture, Jerusalem (And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time), Brandenburg Concerto No.6 - 3. Allegro, La Marseillaise, The Ragtime Dance, The Sleeping Beauty - Waltz, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 2. Largo, Brook Green Suite - 2. Air, In The Bleak Mid-Winter, Hands Across The Sea, Artist's Life Waltz, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Un bel di vedremo, from "Madama Butterfly", Trio No.2, Symphony No.25 - 3. Menuetto, String Sonata No.1 - 1. Moderato, Symphony No.40 - 4. Allegro assai, La Primavera ("Spring") - 1. Allegro, String Sonata No.1 - 3. Allegro, The Marriage of Figaro - Overture, Holberg Suite - 1. Prelude, Capriol Suite, Au fond du temple saint, from "The Pearl Fishers", Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 3. Allegro, Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins - 1. Vivace, Holberg Suite - 3. Gavotte and Musette, The Flight of the Bumble Bee, O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fidelis), Once in Royal David's City, La Primavera ("Spring") - 3. Allegro: Danza pastorale, Thaxted (I vow to thee, my country), St. Paul's Suite - 1. Jig, Symphony No.29 - 1. Allegro moderato, Babes in Toyland - March of the Toys, Trio No.4, Unto Us A Child Is Born, La Primavera ("Spring") - 2. Largo, St. Paul's Suite - 3. Intermezzo, Rosamunde - Ballet Music No.2, Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins - 2. Largo ma non tanto, Silent Night, St. Paul's Suite - 2. Ostinato, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 2. Adagio molto, Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 2. Menuetto; Trio 1; Trio 2, Brook Green Suite - 1. Prelude, Angels We Have Heard On High, William Tell - Overture, I Saw Three Ships, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 2, Symphony No.40 - 1. Allegro molto, O mio babbino caro, from "Gianni Schicchi", Brandenburg Concerto No.6 - 2. Adagio ma non tanto, Slavonic Dance, Op.46 No.7, Che gelida manina, from "La boheme", O come, O come, Emmanuel, Ah! per sempre io ti perdei, from "I Puritani", Orchestral Suite No.2 - 1. Overture, Away In A Manger, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 5. Polonaise and Double, Solomon - Act III, Sinfonia "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba", Symphony No.40 - 2. Andante, The Coventry Carol, Water Music Suite No.3 in G, Carmen - Act 1: Prelude, Symphony No.40 - 3. Menuetto, Slavonic Dance, Op.46 No.8, Brandenburg Concerto No.2 - 1. Allegro, O Holy Night and The Barber of Seville - Overture

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