In 1868, Giuseppe Verdi set out to commemorate the passing of Gioachino Rossini by inviting twelve additional Italian composers to contribute a section to a new Requiem Mass. The premier was slated for the following year, but difficulties with the organizing committee and the proposed conductor prevented the performance. Several years later, the great Italian writer Alessandro Manzoni also passed away. Verdi deeply admired Manzoni and was determined to set all of the Latin text of the Requiem Mass himself to honor his contemporary. The premier of the Messa da Requiem that, we know today, took place in 1874 with Verdi conducting. The Barnard-Columbia Chorus joins the Choir of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy in presenting Verdi’s masterpiece.
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