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Rossini crescendo

A musical device that was used extensively in operas by Gioacchino Rossini. Typically used to end the overture and the first act of his operas,  while providing an excitement that would intice the audience to look forward to what was to come. The first use of the Rossini crescendo (or Rossini Rocket) was in his opera La Pietra del Paragone composed in 1812.  The Rossini crescendo (or Rossini Rocket) was actually seve