Giuseppe Verdi - Messa da Requiem

Although Requiem was a religious work, it was presented more in concert halls than in churches. Giuseppe Verdi wrote the famous Requiem in honour of his close friend, Alessandro Manzoni, the great Italian poet, writer, and humanist, who died in 1873. It is a powerful fusion of intense drama and passion, with moments of reverent simplicity. Verdi conducted the first performance at St. Mark's Church in Milan on May 22, 1874, the first anniversary of Manzoni's death. Revolutionary composition Verdi's Requiem has been revolutionary in two respects: First, because while the traditional requiem is a prayer of the living for the dead, Verdi's work was a function as much for the living as for the dead. As Verdi would expect, it's a dramatic, theatrical play. Written for four solo voices (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and bass) with full choir and orchestra, it follows the typical Roman Catholic Latin mass for the dead. The "libretto" certainly comes from the dram

Mendelssohn - Wedding March in C Major

Mendelsohn composed the introduction to Shakespear's play"A Midsummer Night's Dream" in 1826, when he was just 17 years old. It was, however, in October 1843 that he added various parts of music for a performance of his work in Potsdam, near Berlin. All 11 parties have had tremendous success. Indeed, it is a sign of Mendelssohn's genius that despite 17 years of mediation, the style of the late compositions of stage music is entirely consistent with that of the introduction.

The "Wedding March" is played after the end of the IV act and celebrates the simultaneous marriage of three couples. Today, the Wedding March is the melody that accompanies almost exclusively every wedding ceremony.

It begins with a fanfare and then sinks majestically into the excellent procession that has accompanied so many marriages.

A lighter, less imposing march continues as if the fairies of Shakespeare's work themselves were crossing the temple. The ritual music is repeated twice more, inters with a kinder, lyrical section.

The last iteration is heard from afar and fades gradually until it becomes completely imperceptible in the flicker of ethereal music emitted by the woodwind.