The Life of Giuseppe Verdi

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Giuseppe Verdi is one of the greatest opera composers who ever lived, however he was denied entrance to conservatory when he was a teenager. This didn't stop him from writing music and also becoming one of the leaders of a revolutionary movement to unite Italy as one country. 

This week learn about Verdi's operas, his participation in politics of the time and the hidden meaning of the phrase "Viva Verdi."

Program Playlist (all works by Verdi):

"La Donna è Mobile" from Rigoletto
Overture from La Forza del Destino  
Brindisi from La Traviata
"Va Pensiero" from Nabucco
Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore
"Tutto nel Mondo è Burla" from Falstaff
Dies Irae from Verdi's Requiem
Triumphal March from Aida

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