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ROSSETOR.

In 1609 be published ' Lessons for Consort : Made

I by sundry excellent Authors, and set to sixe seve- rail instruments ; Namely, the Treble Lute, Treble Violl, Base Violl, Bandora, Citterne, and the Flute.' On Jan. 4, 1610, a patent was granted to him and others appointing them Masters of the Children of the Queen's Revels, under which they carried on dramatic performances at the theatre in Whitefriars. In March, 1612, Ros- setor's company was joined by ' The Lady Eliza- beth's Servants,' but the union lasted for a year only. In 1616 a privy seal for a patent for the erection of a theatre in Blackfriars was granted to Rossetor, Philip Kingman, Robert Jones and Ralph Reeve, but the Lord Mayor and Aldermen compelled them to surrender it. [See JONES, ROBERT, vol. ii. p. 39 6.] [W.H.H.]

ROSSI, FRANCESCO, born at Ban about 1645, canon there 1680; author of 4 operas 'II Se- jano moderno' (Venice, 1680) ; ' La Pena degli Occhi' (Ib., 1688); 'La Carilda* (Ib., 1688); 'Mitrane' (Ib., 1689). Also of Psalms and a Requiem, a 5, printed 1688 ; and an oratorio ' La Caduta dei Gigante,' (MS.) The fine and well-known scena ' Ah ! rendimi ' is from Mitrane, and gives a high idea of Rossi's power. [G.]

ROSSI, LADRO, an Italian composer, who, like Raimondi, although the author of nu- merous operas, and famous from end to end of Italy, is hardly so much as known by name on this side the Alps. He was born 1 at Ma- cerata, near Ancona, February 20, 1812, and was taught music at the Conservatorio of Naples under Crescentini, Furno, and Zingarelli. He began to write at once, and at 18 had his first two operas ' Le Contesse Villane ' and ' La Vil- lana Contessa' performed at the Fenice and Nuovo Theatres of Naples respectively. Other pieces followed ; one of them, ' Costanza ed Oringaldo,' being written expressly for the San Carlo at the request of Barbaja. On the recom- mendation of Donizetti, Rossi was engaged for the Teatro Valle at Rome, and there he remained for 1832 and 1833, and composed 4 operas and an oratorio. In 1834 he moved to Milan, and brought out 'La Casa disabitata' (or 'I falsi Monetari '), which, though but moderately suc- cessful at the Scala, was afterwards considered his chef d'cewvre, and spoken of as ' Rossi's Bar-

biere di Siviglia.' It pleased Malibran so much that she induced Barbaja to bespeak another opera from Rossi for the San Carlo, in which she should appear. The opera was composed, and

was named ' Amelia ' ; but owing to her caprice was a failure. She insisted on having a pas de deux inserted for her and Mathis. The theatre was crowded to the ceiling to see the great singer dance; but her dancing did not please the public, and the piece was damned. This disappointment, though somewhat alleviated by the success of his 'Leocadia' (1834) seems to have disgusted Rossi with Italy, he accepted an engagement from Mexico, left Europe Oct.

��His parents' names were Vlncenzo and Santa Monticelll. to that ' Eossl ' would seem to be a sobriquet.

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��15, 1835, and arrived at Vera Cruz the 6th of the following January. From Mexico he went to the Havannah, New Orleans, and Madras; married in 1841, and returned to Europe, land- ing at Cadiz, Feb. 3, 1843. He began again at once to compose 'Cellini a Parigi' (Turin 1845), etc., but with very varying success. In 1846 he reappeared at the Scala at Milan with ' Azema di Granata,' 'II Borgomastro di Schiedam,' and three or four other operas in following years. His great success however appears to have been made with ' II Domino nero,' at one of the Mi- lanese Theatres. In 1850 he was called to be Director of the Conservatorio at Milan. For this institution he published a ' Guida di ar- monia pratica orale' (Ricordi 1858), and be- tween 1850 and 1859 composed a great many operas, and detached pieces for voices and for instruments. After the death of Mercadante in 1870, Rossi succeeded him as head of the Con- servatorio at Naples. This office he is said to have resigned in 1878. Lists of his works are given by Florimo (Cenni Storici, p. 948-962) and Pougin. They comprise 29 operas, a grand mass, and a dozen miscellaneous compositions, including six fugues for strings, 2 sets of vocal exercises, and the Guide to Harmony already mentioned. His best works are ' Cellini a Parigi,' 4 1 falsi Monetari,' and ' II Domino nero.' One of his operas, ' La Figlia di Figaro,' is said to have been produced at the Karnthnerthor Theatre, Vienna, April 17, 1846; and another, 'Biorn,' was announced for performance at the Queen's Theatre, London, Jan. 17, 1877 English ver- sion by Frank Marshall ; but no notice of either performance can be found. [G.]

ROSSI, LuiGl, was a contemporary of Caris- simi's, born at Naples towards the end of the 1 6th century, and found at Rome about 1620. His works known at present are chiefly can- tatas, for one or more voices with clavier ac- companiments, often of great length and in many movements. Thirty-five of these are to be found in the British Museum (Harl. MSS. 1265, 1273, 1501, 1863), and not less than 112 in the Library of Christ Church, Oxford. They are said to be beautiful music, quite equal to that of Scarlatti. The Magliabecchi Library at Florence contains a scene extracted from a 'spiritual opera* of his, ' Giuseppe figlio di Giacobbe ' ; and the library of the Sacred Harmonic Society of London contains ' II Palazzo incantato, overo, La Guer- riere amante ' (MS.), an opera by Giulio Ruspig- liosi, music by Rossi, performed at Rome 1642. Gevaert, in ' Les Gloires d'ltalie,' gives two cantatas for a single voice. [G.]

ROSSI-SCOTTI, GIOVANNI BATTISTA, Conte di, was born Dec. 27, 1836, at Perugia, where he still resides. He is an amateur of taste and knowledge, who will be long remembered for the biography of his fellow -townsman, Morlacchi 'Delia vita e delle opere del Cav. Francesco Morlacchi .... Memorie istoriche precedute dalla biografia e bibliografia musicale Perugina* (Perugia; Bartelli, 1861) a copy of which is

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