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Rossini

Unscrupulous facility combined with a nose for financial success
Unfair - a genius within the confines of his particular style, intelligent enough to recognise this limitation and witty enough to make fun of it
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And, I have come to discover, capable of music that can be witty, or moving, or even both. The first piece I discovered was the Petite Messe Solenelle, and then I started on the lighter operas. La Cenerentola, Il Turco in Italia, Un viaggio a Reims … Aria after aria, a glorious upwelling of melody and invention.