Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Google Doodle frogs on leap day to honor Italian composer Gioachino Rossini's 220th birthday

Google honors Italian composer Gioachino Rossino, who was born on February 29 (leap day) 220 years back. Google has associated leap year doodles with frogs, as it has done with previous leap years 2004 and 2008.

From Techie Buzz:

One of Gioachino Rossini’s most famous works is the The Barber of Seville. He has been called the Italian Mozart. He is noted as one of the most popular opera composers in history. He learnt to play the violin and harpsichord at an early age. He wrote his first composition at the age of 12. He died on 13 November 1868 at the age of 77. He could only celebrate 19 birthdays on the actual day that he was born. His other famous works include La Cenerentola and the French-language epics Mo├»se et Pharaon and Guillaume Tell (William Tell).

The scene of the Google doodle shows frogs that seem to play out a scene from the Barber of Seville set in a forest. Another interesting detail is that there are four frogs too. The blond frog is shown to ‘leap’ into the air while singing a love song that is played on a piano by another frog. The frog getting his hair cut is Count Almaviva from the Barber of Seville, and the hero who is the barber frog is Figaro.

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