Vincenzo Bellini

1801 (Catania, Sicily) – 1835 (Puteaux, France)

Bellini met Glinka in Italy, strongly influencing him by his example. He met Chopin, Rossini, Donizetti and Liszt in Paris, his melodies making a strong impact upon his close friend Chopin. The older Rossini befriended and influenced him. Donizetti found himself a professional rival – Bellini treated him with ill grace, being suspicious and jealous of him, Donizetti on the other hand being inspired by Bellini, and dedicating a requiem to him following his early death.