(Gioachino Rossini Biography 2)
Ewen (1962) also notes the importance and influence of some of his major works. “As regards French opera, Rossinis great influence can scarcely be questioned. William Tell has been described as the foundation stone of French grand opera.” (Ewen 202) it is also noteworthy that critics consider his influence to extend further than only his freshness and vital style; for example, he ” may have the credit of having grafted onto opera seria many of the more elastic conventions of opera buffa, the employment of an important bass soloist being one notable instance” (Ewen 202)
In conclusion, there is little doubt that Rossini produced works that are not only part of our culture and operatic repertoire, but that he was a formidable influence on music and opera in his time. As has also been suggested in the above discussion, while he was not an artistic revolutionary many critics consider his work to have played an extremely significant role in the development of the Romantic Movement. Rossinis best works can therefore be considered as part of a new spirit and vitality in opera that we associate with Romanticism. As one critic notes: “Thanks to the magic of romanticism, opera became more grandiose and lushRomanticism brought a change in subjects, tempestuous and strong romances; unstable, mad or devastated characters, and supernatural or occult elements.” ( Romantic Opera) in this respect we could say with as great deal of justice that he has influenced the music and operatic styles and tastes of today.
From a more personal perspective, what appeals to me about the work of Rossini is its innovation and the sense of humor and the sense of ebullient life that it conveys. One has to however understand his work in the context of the time in which he lived and the beginnings of the Romantic ideals in all the arts. This historical aspect is one of the factors that makes studying a figure like Rossini and his work so absorbing and interesting.
Works Cited Britannica Concise Encyclopedia: Gioacchino Antonio Rossini. April 24, 2010.