Dies Irae: Day of Wrath from Verdi's Requiem

>> Monday, October 26, 2009

The Messa da Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi is a musical setting of the Roman Catholic funeral Mass (called the Requiem from the first word of the text, which begins Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, meaning, "Grant them eternal rest, O Lord"—see the entry at "Dies Irae"). It was first performed on 22 May 1874 to mark the first anniversary of the death of Alessandro Manzoni, an Italian poet and novelist much admired by Verdi. The piece is also sometimes referred to as the Manzoni Requiem.


Kathy Handyside October 31, 2009 at 12:17 PM  

We played this in high school symphonic band - and we did a bang-up job of it, too! I still have the recording we made of it.



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