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

Gioachino Rossini - Famous works

Set for Rossini's opera La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake), written in 1819.


  • Tancredi
  • L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers)
  • Il turco in Italia
  • Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra
  • Il barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L'inutile precauzione (The Barber of Seville, or The Useless Precaution)
  • Otello, ossia Il Moro di Venezia
  • La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie)
  • Armida
  • La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake)
  • Semiramide
  • Le siège de Corinthe (The Siege of Corinth)
  • Mosè in Egitto (Moses in Egypt)
  • Le comte Ory
  • Guillaume Tell

Sacred music:

  • Messa di Gloria
  • Stabat mater
  • Petite messe solennelle

Instrumental music: 

  • Duetto per Violoncello e Contrabasso
  • Variazzioni di clarinetto
  • Trois marches militaires
  • Concerto per fagotto ed orchestra
  • Fantaisie

Vocal music:

  • Les soirées musicales
  • Francesca da Rimini