Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) is one of the greatest Italian composers. He comes from a modest family and begins his musical education with his village entourage. From the age of 10, he held the parish organ. His studies took him to Milan where he continued his music learning through private lessons.
After getting married and having a collection of 6 romances published in 1838, Verdi devoted himself to writing operas that did not immediately meet the successes they have today (Oberto, Un giorno di regno) . In 1842, it was the triumph of Nabucco at La Scala in Milan, then in Venice. Many consider the slave choir (Va pensiero) as the expression of the struggle against Austrian oppression. Then, it will be Hernani, the Lombards and later the Trouvère, the Traviatta, Aîda (created in Cairo in 1871) ...
But Verdi is not just a composer for the stage. We owe him a string quartet, a symphony, an impressive Requiem, religious vocal pieces, pure voice and piano melodies, nationalist hymns.
He died on January 27, 1901, having bequeathed his copyright to the musicians' rest home he founded in Milan in 1899.
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