Verdi, Giuseppe (opera) (Fortunino Francesco )
- Roger Parker
(b Roncole, nr Busseto, 9 or 10 Oct 1813; d Milan, 27 Jan 1901). Italian composer, by common consent recognized as the greatest Italian musical dramatist.
A month after Verdi’s death, a solemn procession through Milan accompanied by hundreds of thousands of mourners assisted the transfer of his remains to their final resting place. At one point during this procession the crowd, aided by the chorus and orchestra of La Scala, apparently sang a moving rendition of ‘Va pensiero’, the chorus of Hebrew slaves from one of Verdi’s earliest operas, ...