As a follow up to Feb. 29th’s Leap Day post, I want to write about Rossini.
Chris Gaylord writes about Rossini in The Christian Science Monitor. Rossini’s birthday was on February 29th and he was the focus of Google’s Leap Day Doodle.
The article includes five places most people have probably heard Rossini’s music.
- The Morning Song, the beginning of Rossini’s opera William Tell, is found in many cartoons.
- The William Tell Overture ending, “March of the Swiss Soldiers,” is the theme from the Lone Ranger.
- The Barber of Seville was used in a Seinfeld episode. Interestingly, this Seinfeld video needed to be removed for copyright reasons.
- Figaro, figaro (Need I say more?)
- “The Thieving Magpie” is heard in A Clockwork Orange.
Go to the article and you will find the links so you can listen to this classical music used in pop culture.