Google celebrates Gioachino Rossini 200th birthday and Leap year with a Doodle

Gioachino Rossini (Photo: Wikipedia)

 

Google celebrates Gioachino Antonio Rossini’s birthday who was an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs, and some instrumental and piano pieces and the Leap year 2012.

Gioachino Rossini was born this day, 29 February in 1792 and died on 13 November in 1868. His best-known operas include the Italian comedies Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) and La Cenerentola and the French-language epics Moïse et Pharaon andGuillaume Tell (William Tell). A tendency for inspired, song-like melodies is evident throughout his scores, which led to the nickname “The Italian Mozart.” Until his retirement in 1829, Rossini had been the most popular opera composer in history.

Read more about him on Wikipedia

 

Google Doodle - Gioachino Rossini's Birthday and Leap Year (Photo: Google)

 

Leap Year

A leap year (or intercalary or bissextile year) is a year containing one additional day (or, in the case of  lunisolar calendars, a month) in order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year. Because seasons and astronomical events do not repeat in a whole number of days, a calendar that had the same number of days in each year would, over time, drift with respect to the event it was supposed to track. By occasionally inserting (or intercalating) an additional day or month into the year, the drift can be corrected. A year that is not a leap year is called a common year. More on Wikipedia

 

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