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

Cremona's violins


Cremona is particularly proud of her glorious past and welcomes her music-friendly guests.

Violins were the exciting new instruments of Vivaldi's days. They had a much brighter sound and could be played with much greater agility and speed than the earlier violas of the Renaissance era.

The best violins were made in the small town of Cremona in northern Italy, near Milan. In this city, violin makers such as Nicola Amati, Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri and Antonio Stradivari lived and worked in the same neighborhood.

One of the special features of their art, which remained a mystery, was the varnish with which they polished the finished instrument. To this is attributed their wonderful sound.

Today, a good violin or viola Guarnerius or Stradivarius cost a fortune. Some of these instruments are kept in museums. Others, fortunately, still sound in the hands of virtuosos.