The Messa da Requiem is a musical setting of the Catholic funeral mass (Requiem) for four soloists, double choir and orchestra by Giuseppe Verdi. It was composed in memory of Alessandro Manzoni, an Italian poet and novelist whom Verdi admired. The first performance, at the San Marco church in Milan on 22 May 1874, marked the first anniversary of Manzoni's death. The work was at one time called the Manzoni Requiem. It is rarely performed in liturgy, but rather in concert form of around 85–90 minutes in length. Musicologist David Rosen calls it 'probably the most frequently performed major choral work composed since the compilation of Mozart's Requiem'.
Performances & Interviews
- Verdi's Requiemhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01fh3fj.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01fh3fj.jpg2003-08-10T13:02:00.000ZConductor Mark Elder, choral director Simon Halsey and Verdi expert Roger Parker discuss Verdi's iconic Requiem.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/b0076f0v
Verdi's RequiemConductor Mark Elder, choral director Simon Halsey and Verdi expert Roger Parker discuss Verdi's iconic Requiem.
- Verdi: Requiemhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01t1wts.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01t1wts.jpg2011-07-24T17:02:00.000ZMatthew Rowe explores the music and context of Verdi's Requiem, with recorded examples and live illustrations from members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/b012r95v
Verdi: RequiemMatthew Rowe explores the music and context of Verdi's Requiem, with recorded examples and live illustrations from members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
- Verdi: Requiemhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0222s6g.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0222s6g.jpg2014-07-03T13:06:00.000ZIn this Proms Music Guide, Suzy Klein talks about Verdi's Requiem.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0222s6n
Verdi: RequiemIn this Proms Music Guide, Suzy Klein talks about Verdi's Requiem.