Gioachino Rossini (1792–1868)


General Editor: Philip Gossett

Until 1829 Rossini was an extraordinarily prolific composer of operas, comic, serious and semi-serious, in Italian and French, as well as of a great deal of vocal and instrumental music. He composed sacred music, vocal treatises and cantatas. Then, for many different reasons, he wrote very little music for more than twenty-five years, except some songs and the „Stabat Mater“. Only after he finally left Italy for Paris in 1855 he became productive again. Between 1857 and 1868 a fresh group of masterpieces were composed; the so-called Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age) which is a collection of chamber music for voice(s) and piano and the „Petite Messe Solennelle“.

Producing a critical edition of Rossini’s music is complex. The operas were often written in multiple versions, all of which need to be edited. Sources for his non-operatic music which are to be found all over the world, must be identified, catalogued, and evaluated if we are to edit his music in a way that will serve the needs of both scholars and performers.

Bärenreiter will issue practical editions derived from these critical editions wherever appropriate, including vocal scores and performance materials based on the new editions for operas and sacred  music.

Publication Schedule

Bärenreiter in cooperation with the Center for Italian Opera Studies at The University of Chicago will publish about twenty volumes in the series Works of Gioachino Rossini, in critical editions.

Please find an overview here (subject to modification).

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