The chapter addresses recent interpretations of Rossini’s style. Analytical findings suggest that in his first masterpieces, especially Tancredi and L’Italiana in Algeri, Rossini swiftly accomplished a process of focalization on a restricted number of stylistic and formal conventions. Many agree that the repetition of a limited number of musical ideas was the most distinctive feature of Rossini’s scores when compared with those of his predecessors. The chapter argues, however, that repetition plays a significantly larger role in Rossini’s musical language than has been recognized thus far. The question that emerges is then whether Rossini’s contemporaries also perceived repetition as a distinguishing feature of his style.
Keywords: repetition, conventions, Tancredi, L'Italiana in Algeri