Choral music by Giuseppe Verdi
Although Giuseppe Verdi, son of an innkeeper and small farmer in Le Roncole, was brought up in modest circumstances, his extraordinary talent was recognized early on. Furthered by his patron, Antonio Barezzi, he received organ lessons, attended the Gynamsium (secondary school), and, though he failed to gain entrance to Milan Conservatory, his patron made it possible for him to study music privately. With the premiere of his opera Nabucco in 1842 Verdi made his breakthrough. Today, many of his operas are considered the pillars of the opera repertoire. His Requiem is among the most important exponents in this genre in the 19th century. In his later years Verdi turned again to the composition of sacred music, this time in a conscious confrontation of historical models such as Palestrina and Bach.