Kids' Commute Rossini Overture Week: The Barber of Seville

Apr 15, 2015

Learn about Gioachino Rossini and his Overtures!

This week on Kids’ Commute, we are going to explore the overtures of Gioachino Rossini! 

The Italian composer wrote some famous operas, sacred music, chamber music, songs, and other instrumental and piano pieces. Now just to remind you, the an overture is the first thing you hear before an opera, for instance. It gives you the musical sense of what you’re about to hear, often containing little themes from the music in the main opera. 

In today’s episode, we’re going to learn about “The Barber of Seville.” 

It’s one of the most famous humorous operas ever written. Appropriately, the opera centers around the barber of Seville, named Figaro.

Figaro is a confident fellow. In the opera, he has an aria, or long solo, where he talks about how popular of a guy he is. The name of the aria is “Largo al factotum.” A “factotum” is a guy who does whatever kind of job you need.    

So, Figaro sings about how everybody needs his attention. Are you a "factotum" for everybody in your life?

Music piece for today:
“The Barber of Seville - Overture” by Le Orchestra of la Scala in Milan

Also, for a fun take on the “Barber of Seville,” check out “The Rabbit of Seville,” which stars Bugs Bunny!

(Ep. 92) - Rabbit Of Seville from best movies on Vimeo.

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