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Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

AFEW weeks ago, the Quiz of the week asked ‘Who wrote The Bar­ber of Seville?’ and the an­swer given was Gioachino Rossini, first per­formed in 1816. How­ever, the first and ar­guably great­est Bar­ber of Seville was writ­ten by Gio­vanni Paisiello (above) and first per­formed in 1782. It’s so well com­posed that you would be for­given for think­ing it was by Mozart. When Rossini came out with his later ver­sion, it was greeted by ri­ots from nu­mer­ous peo­ple who felt that Paisiello’s was the bet­ter piece—it’s high time for a ma­jor re­vival of the orig­i­nal ver­sion. John F. Mil­lar, Vir­ginia, USA

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