Happy Birthday, Gioachino Rossini

Looney Tunes was responsible for my love of classical music. Why can’t today’s cartoons be as smart? Le sigh.

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  • Carlsondianna

    I actually used “What’s Opera, Doc” to introduce opera to my students when I was teaching general music. Still my favorite–followed by the “Barber of Seville”.

    • Carlsondianna

      ‘scuse me..”Rabbit of Seville”..

  • Tim

    I’ve taken a recent liking to La Cenerentola, especially the 1981 movie version with Frederica von Stade:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig1gxegkALM&feature=related 

    The comedic quality is up there with Looney Tunes, in my opinion.

  • Anonymous

    Once when I was a young lad, I had the good fortune of participating in the youth orchestra here in town. We played a part of the overture to Barber of Seville. During rehearsal one night, during that certain part, the conductor made a motion with her hands as if she were massaging someone’s scalp. Like Bugs Bunny. We all completely lost it in laughter and the music came to a halt. It took us a while to get composed and back to work. Good times.

    Another time, more recently, I was teaching at a small parochial school. Eating my lunch in the cafeteria after student lunchtime was over, I got to listen in on our principal teaching a music appreciation class of about 30 3rd and 4th graders at the other end of the room. He was playing a CD and asking students to name the instruments they heard. They had a blast and were quite engaged in the exercise. I recognized most of the pieces: Barber of Seville, Marriage of Figaro, etc… and I couldn’t help but think of these Looney Tunes cartoons. After the class dispersed, I went up to talk to him and mentioned the Looney Tunes association. He produced the CD case: it was called “Cartoon Classics” or some such, and had Bugs Bunny on the cover! More good times.


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