Giuseppe Verdi
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1813-10-10
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Giuseppe Verdi

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Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901) was an Italian composer of operas. Verdi was born near Busseto to a provincial family of moderate means, and developed a musical education with the help of a local patron. Verdi ...

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Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901) was an Italian composer of operas.

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Overture to La Forza del destino
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Overture to La Forza del destino
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Prelude to Un Ballo in Maschera
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Prelude to Un Ballo in Maschera
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The Lady and the Fool - Act 1, no.1; Tarantella
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The Lady and the Fool - Act 1, no.1; Tarantella
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Pater noster for chorus
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Pater noster for chorus
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Un ballo in maschera: Forse la soglia attinse
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Un ballo in maschera: Forse la soglia attinse
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La traviata - De miei bollenti spiriti)
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La traviata - De miei bollenti spiriti)
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Rigoletto (La donna e mobile)
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Rigoletto (La donna e mobile)
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A brani, a brani, o perrfido
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A brani, a brani, o perrfido
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Qui nulla s'attena
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Qui nulla s'attena
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Quartet in E minor for strings
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Quartet in E minor for strings
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Verdi Transcription no.XXVI - Me pellegrina ed orfano' from La forza del destino
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Verdi Transcription no.XXVI - Me pellegrina ed orfano' from La forza del destino
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"Caro nome" Gilda's aria from Act I, scene ii of Rigoletto
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"Caro nome" Gilda's aria from Act I, scene ii of Rigoletto
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La Forza del Destino (The Force of Destiny) - Act IV
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La Forza del Destino (The Force of Destiny) - Act IV
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La Traviata - opera in 3 acts: Act 3 no.16c; Addio del passato
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La Traviata - opera in 3 acts: Act 3 no.16c; Addio del passato
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'Riverdrai le foreste imbalsamate' from Aida
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'Riverdrai le foreste imbalsamate' from Aida
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'Celeste Aida' from Aida
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'Celeste Aida' from Aida
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O Padre Nostro
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O Padre Nostro
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Giuseppe Verdi Biography

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901) was an Italian composer of operas.

Verdi was born near Busseto to a provincial family of moderate means, and developed a musical education with the help of a local patron. Verdi came to dominate the Italian opera scene after the era of Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini, whose works significantly influenced him, becoming one of the pre-eminent opera composers in history.

In his early operas Verdi demonstrated a sympathy with the Risorgimento movement which sought the unification of Italy. He also participated briefly as an elected politician. The chorus "Va, pensiero" from his early opera Nabucco (1842), and similar choruses in later operas, were much in the spirit of the unification movement, and the composer himself became esteemed as a representative of these ideals. An intensely private person, Verdi however did not seek to ingratiate himself with popular movements and as he became professionally successful was able to reduce his operatic workload and sought to establish himself as a landowner in his native region. He surprised the musical world by returning, after his success with the opera Aida (1871), with three late masterpieces: his Requiem (1874), and the operas Otello (1887) and Falstaff (1893).

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