Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (Italian: [dʒuˈzɛppe ˈverdi]; 9 or 10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901) was an Italian opera composer. He was born near Busseto to a provincial family of moderate means, and developed a musical education with the help of a local patron. Verdi came to dominate the Italian opera scene after the era of Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, and Gioachino Rossini, whose works significantly influenced him.
In his early operas, Verdi demonstrated a sympathy with the Risorgimento movement which sought the unification of Italy. He also participated briefly as an elected politician. The chorus "Va, pensiero" from his early opera Nabucco (1842), and similar choruses in later operas, were much in the spirit of the unification movement, and the composer himself became esteemed as a representative of these ideals. An intensely private person, Verdi, however, did not seek to ingratiate himself with popular movements and as he became professionally successful was able to reduce his operatic workload and sought to establish himself as a landowner in his native region. He surprised the musical world by returning, after his success with the opera Aida (1871), with three late masterpieces: his Requiem (1874), and the operas Otello (1887) and Falstaff (1893).
His operas remain extremely popular, especially the three peaks of his 'middle period': Rigoletto, Il trovatore and La traviata, and the 2013 bicentenary of his birth was widely celebrated in broadcasts and performances.
Birth and Death Data: Born October 10th, 1813 (Le Roncole), Died January 27th, 1901 (Milan)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1892 - 1951
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 1918 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Berliner||221||7-in.||11/1/1897||Miserere||Henry Higgins ; Arthur Pryor||Cornet and trombone duet||composer|
|Berliner||300||7-in.||Apr. 1892||Attila : Allegro||Artists vary||Clarinet solo||composer|
|Berliner||311||7-in.||6/12/1892||Introduction||Artists vary||Clarinet solo||composer|
|Berliner||336||7-in.||Before Sept. 1897||Rigoletto : Aria||Joseph Norrito||Clarinet solo||composer|
|Berliner||346||7-in.||Dec. 1898||Miserere||F. Jardella||Clarinet solo||composer|
|Berliner||903[a]||7-in.||5/7/1896||Di quella pira||Ferruccio Giannini||Tenor vocal solo||composer|
|Berliner||930||7-in.||6/18/1897||Miserere||Artists vary||Tenor vocal solo||composer|
|Berliner||967||7-in.||1/21/1896||La donna è mobile||Ferruccio Giannini||Tenor vocal solo||composer|
|Berliner||981||7-in.||4/15/1896||Deserto sulla terra||Ferruccio Giannini||Tenor vocal solo||composer|
|Berliner||983||7-in.||4/15/1896||Questa o quella||Ferruccio Giannini||Tenor vocal solo||composer|
|Berliner||984||7-in.||4/15/1896||Mal reggendo||Ferruccio Giannini||Tenor vocal solo||composer|
|Berliner||1104||7-in.||3/4/1896||Delle lefiero lampo||Ferruccio Giannini||Tenor vocal solo||composer|
|Berliner||1109||7-in.||8/12/1897||Il balen||Alberto Del Campo||Baritone vocal solo||composer|
|Berliner||1116||7-in.||Before Oct. 1898||Eri tu||Alberto Del Campo||Baritone vocal solo||composer|
|Berliner||1740||7-in.||6/25/1897||Quando le sere al placido||Ferruccio Giannini||Tenor vocal solo||composer|
|Berliner||1921||7-in.||Before Apr. 1899||Dei miei bollenti spiriti||Ferruccio Giannini||Tenor vocal solo||composer|
|Berliner||4276||7-in.||June 1897-Oct. 1898||Miserere||Haydn Quartet||Male vocal quartet||composer|
|Berliner||0292||7-in.||6/27/1899||Attila : Trio||Original Lyric Trio||Mixed vocal trio||composer|
|Berliner||0572||7-in.||10/7/1899||Miserere||Ferruccio Giannini||Tenor vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Berliner||0582||7-in.||10/13/1899||Miserere||Frank Badollet ; Jean Moeremans||Flute and saxophone duet||composer|
|Berliner||0881||7-in.||1/11/1900||Miserere||Charles D'Almaine||Violin solo||composer|
|Berliner||0899||7-in.||1/16/1900||Home to our mountains||Florence Hayward ; Harry Macdonough||Female-male vocal duet||composer|
|Berliner||01010||7-in.||Feb. 1900||Il balen||E. Francisco [i.e., Emilio de Gorgorza]||Baritone vocal solo||composer|
|Berliner||01068||7-in.||Mar. 1900||Aïda : Selection||Royal Italian Band||Band||composer|
|Berliner||01078||7-in.||Mar. 1900||Un ballo in maschera : Selection||Royal Italian Band||Band||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Verdi, Giuseppe," accessed July 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102328.
Verdi, Giuseppe. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102328.
"Verdi, Giuseppe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 July 2021.
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