Thursday, October 11, 2012

Stress Management, Classical Music, and Verdi

Classical Music and Stress Management 

Dinner Topics for Friday

"Va, Pensiero,"(Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (10 October 1813 Р27 January 1901) was an Italian Romantic composer, mainly of opera. Musically, he was part of European Romanticism, and was one of the most influential composers of the 19th century. His works are frequently performed in opera houses throughout the world and, transcending the boundaries of the genre, some of his themes have long since taken root in popular culture Рsuch as "La donna è mobile" from Rigoletto, "Va, pensiero" (The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco, "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" (The Drinking Song) from La traviata and the "Grand March" from Aida.

Verdi’s masterworks dominate the standard opera repertoire a century and a half after their composition.

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