For a day that comes rarely to the calendar, Google has doodled a rare two-in-one doodle that commemorates not only the leap day but also the 220th birth anniversary of the Italian, Le Marche composer Gioachino Rossini.
Since the leap years and leap days are usually associated with frogs, the leaping ambhibians, the Google doodle on February 29 has a number of frogs, all four of them.
The doodle is inspired by Gioachino Antonio Rossini‘s famous 1816 comic opera The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), one of the most performed operas. Of the four frogs in the scene, one is at the piano and the soprano is the only one leaping. The barber frog is Figaro and the frog getting a shave is Count Almaviva (Characters created by French playright Pierre Beaumarchais and The Barber of Seville is one of the three Figaro plays penned by him).
- Google’s leap day, Gioachino Rossini b’day doodle (ibnlive.in.com)
- Frog Google-Doodle honors Gioachino Rossini/Leap Year (techie-buzz.com)
- Gioachino Rossini Google Doodle Leap Year 2012 (ktrmurali.wordpress.com)
- Gioachino Rossini’s 220th birthday marked with Google doodle (telegraph.co.uk)
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