The Guinness Collection Composer Series: An Evening with Rossini

This past spring, the staff of the Guinness Collection presented a program on Italian composer, Gioachino Rossini.  As with our other popular Guinness presentations, guests were delighted with the musical offerings of this renowned composer through mechanical musical instruments.  Gioachino Antonio Rossini (1792-1868) was an Italian composer, born in Pesaro, Italy. The only child of…

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Spotlight on the Guinness Collection: Precious Smalls

Inventions in mechanical music leaped forward in the late 1700s into the 1800s as clock and watchmakers discovered ways in which to incorporate musical movements into the tiniest of pieces.  The introduction of musicwork into tiny objects was almost exclusively restricted to Swiss makers located in Switzerland and elsewhere, and required the greatest possible skill…

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