Italian composer (29 February 1792 -- 13 November 1868), best known for the following:

* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7O91GDWGPU overture]] from ''Myth/WilliamTell'', an otherwise rarely-played opera.
* ''Theatre/TheBarberOfSeville'', from which both the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OloXRhesab0 overture]] and the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldqHu71bjXQ Factotum Aria]] are highly recognisable.
* ''Theatre/LaCenerentola'', an operatic adaptation of "Literature/{{Cinderella}}".
* ''Gazza Ladra'', better known as The Thieving Magpie.

Basically, you know a lot of Rossini's overtures. But chances are you don't know anything about what goes ''after''. According to the legend, Rossini was also known for being [[BrilliantButLazy very lazy]]: he was lying on his bed to write, and when a piece of paper was falling, he ''started again from the beginning so he wouldn't have to move''. He was also a noted procrastinator: he claimed to have composed ''The Barber of Seville'' in only twelve days, and to have written the famous "William Tell Overture" a few hours before the opera opened. Finally, once he'd written enough to make himself rich, he went into semi-retirement: he stopped writing operas entirely, and only composed the occasional cantata or other bit of short vocal music. The rest of his time he parlayed into his greatest passion: food. He was [[SupremeChef reportedly quite the chef]].

His overtures share a similar structure, but still are {{ear worm}}s taken separately.