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Google doodles leap year, Italian composer

Google has dished out a doodle to celebrate the day which comes only after a long wait of three years. In its first of a kind two-in-one doodle, Google also pays homage to Italian composer Gioachino Rossini on his 220th birth anniversary. VIDEO INSIDE

social media Updated: Feb 29, 2012 11:38 IST
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Google has dished out a doodle to celebrate the day which comes only after a long wait of three years. In its first of a kind two-in-one doodle, Google also pays homage to Italian composer Gioachino Rossini on his 220th birth anniversary.

Inspired by Rossini's famous 1816 comic opera The Barber of Seville. When it premiered in 1860, it was seen as a failure, it was only after the second performance that the play started acquiring the cult status, which has made it one of the most popular Italian operas.

The frogs in the scenes tell a story - the leaping frog, to celebrate the leap year, is a soprano, another frog is playing the piano. The other two frogs are Figaro, the barber frog who is shaving a frog who is Count Almaviva.

This is Google's third doodle to welcome the leap year, the previous two doodles were created in 2004 and 2008.