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

Hector Berlioz - Famous works

The themes of love and desire that characterize Berlioz's music also appear in Thomas Gainsborough's painting.



  • Symphonie fantastique, op. 14
  • Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale

Choral and vocal works:

  • La Révolution Greque: scéne héroique
  • La mort d’ Orphée
  • Hurts scènes de Faust, op. 1
  • Sardanapale
  • Grande Messe des Morts
  • Le cinq Mai, chant sur la mort de l’ empereur Napoléon, op. 6
  • La damnation de Faust



                 - Waverley, Op. 1
                 - Le Roi Lear, Op. 4
                 - Le carnaval Romain, Op. 9
                 - Le corsaire, Op. 21

Choral and Vocal works:

  • La depit de la Bergère
  • La mort de Cleopatre
  • Herminie
  • Aubade
  • Le Roi de Thulè