Composer Gioachino Rossini 1865
Rossini (1792-1868) - we love him for The Barber of Seville, Otello, The Thieving Magpie, William Tell and so much else. He was a prolific composer, who is said to have joked "Give me the laundress' bill and I'll even set that to music!" He was a complicated man who led a complicated life, but sometimes he drops moments of simple delight into our laps, like The Cats' Duet. Maybe you know this piece well - maybe it's new to you - either way, take three minutes to receive a gift from the past.
My favourite version is sung by Les Petits Chanteurs a la Croix de Bois.
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