Happy birthday, Giuseppe

Although there is some uncertainty regarding the exact birth date of Giuseppe Verdi, there’s no question that he was one of the greatest composers of the nineteenth century — a century that produced a mind-boggling number of great composers. During his lifetime (1813-1901), Verdi was the most popular opera composer in Italy, and many of his operas continue to be staples of the repertoire more than a century after his death.

“Va pensiero” comes from the third act of Nabucco, composed in 1841. The text was inspired by Psalm 137 and recalls the story of the Hebrew exiles in Babylon during the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar.

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  3. Eileen says:

    OH YES! My favorite composer and one of my most listened to songs. I need to get a Verdi fix. Thanks for reminding me.

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