Rossini a Bologna, Note documentarie. On
the occasion of the exhibition 'Rossini a Bologna',
Pŕtron, Bologna 2000, 185 pp.
Il Resto del Carlino, 27 febbraio 2000 (Luca Orsi).
Musica e Scuola, XIV, 16, 2000, p. 17 (Piero Mioli).
name of Gioacchino Rossini, the very famous and celebrated composer all over the
world, is indissolubly linked to the city of Bologna, where he studied and lived
most part of his life. With the promotion of the exhibition Rossini a Bologna”
(29 February- 1 April 2000), the Accademia Filarmonica intends to render homage
to this extraordinary musician. The exhibition includes about 600 documents
arranged chronologically in 116
panels, and is set partly at the Accademia Filarmonica, partly at the
Archiginnasio in Bologna. It consists of 8 sections:
At the Accademia Filarmonica:
The years of study (1799-1812) panels 1-19. The great successes (1812-1822)
panels 20-30. The first marriage (1822-1829) panels 31-41. Between Bologna and
Paris (1829-1838) panels 42-53.
At the Archiginnasio:
golden years of the Bolognese staying (1838-1845) panels 54-85. The second
marriage (1845-1848) panels 86-95. The farewell (1848-1851) panels 96-102. Rossini
and Bologna panels 103-116.
The exhibition, which is particularly exhaustive and detailed, goes over the various
stages of Rossini’s presence in Bologna by means of letters, musical manuscripts, drawings, prints and photographs, so as to
give a manifold overall view. All around Rossini there is a wide group of
characters, from his parents Anna Guidarini and Giuseppe Rossini, to his
teachers, in particular stern Father Mattei, from his two wives, whimsical
Isabella Colbran and austere Olimpia Pélissier, to the many friends of his,
noblemen, musicians and simple citizens. The personality of Rossini, an
emblematic figure of that time, takes shape from his extraordinary human peak,
from his early astonishing successes to his sudden abandonment of
composition when he was only 38 years old. Yet, the true protagonist of the
exhibition is Bologna, with its history, its palaces, its streets, its people,
in a troubled transition period going from the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte to the
unity of Italy.
The exhibition catalogue faithfully reproduces the list of the documents shown
and the captions accompanying them, so as to be of useful reference even for all
those who have not had the opportunity of visiting the exhibition personally.
The explanatory notes have necessarily been reduced to the essential, but the
readers who are interested will find there all bibliographical indications for
any closer research.
to request the complete catalogue of the exhibition
the same topic: I
luoghi di Rossini a Bologna,
widest list of links on Rossini is available in the site of the Deutsche