Yale University Library

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Beinecke Digital Collections

Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (; 9 or 10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901) was an Italian Romantic composer primarily known for his operas. He is considered, together with Richard Wagner, the preeminent opera composer of the nineteenth century.

Verdi dominated the Italian opera scene after the eras of Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini. His works are frequently performed in opera houses throughout the world and, transcending the boundaries of the genre, some of his themes have long since taken root in popular culture, as "La donna è mobile" from ''Rigoletto'', "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" (The Drinking Song) from ''La traviata'', "Va, pensiero" (The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from ''Nabucco'', the "Coro di zingari" (Anvil Chorus) from ''Il trovatore'' and the "Grand March" from ''Aida''.

Moved by the death of compatriot Alessandro Manzoni, Verdi wrote ''Messa da Requiem'' in 1874 in Manzoni's honour, a work now regarded as a masterpiece of the oratorio tradition and a testimony to his capacity outside the field of opera. Visionary and politically engaged, he remains – alongside Garibaldi and Cavour – an emblematic figure of the reunification process of the Italian peninsula (the ''Risorgimento'').
Showing 1 - 1 of 1 for search: 'Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901', query time: 0.15s
View: List list Grid grid

Help

Expand Your Search

Search our local catalog, finding aids, and more.


Need assistance?

Ask a librarian.