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

Gershwin - Famous works


  • Rhapsody in Blue
  • Concerto in F for piano and orchestra
  • An American in Paris
  • Second Rhapsody for piano and orchestra
  • Cuban Overture
  • Variations on "I Got Rhythm"

Piano works:

Musicals Theatre credits:

  • George White's Scandals
  • Primrose
  • Lady, Be Good!
  • Tell me More
  • Tip-Toes
  • Funny Face
  • Girl Crazy
  • Of Thee I Sing
  • The Rainbow
  • Oh, Kay!
  • La La Lucille

Musical Films:

  • Shall We Dance?
  • A Damsel in Distress
  • The Goldwyn Follies
  • The Shocking Miss Pilgrim



  • Swanee
  • The Man I Love
  • Embraceable You
  • The Way You Look Tonight
  • I Got Rhythm
  • Oh, Lady Be Good!
  • It Ain't Necessarily So
  • Summertime