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If I were in the good graces of the Holy Father, I would beg him to allow, at least this once, women to take part in the performance of this music, but since I am not, it would be best to find a person more suitable than I to achieve this end. The composition however good the individual numbers may be will necessarily lack musical unity; but if it is wanting in this respect it will serve nonetheless to show how great in all of us is the veneration for that man whose loss the whole world mourns.

The first question raised by this problematic document concerns the choice of a Requiem Mass as a means of commemorating Rossini's death. Verdi was anticlerical and, at least in this period, almost certainly an agnostic. Furthermore the period was one of intense conflict between Church and State: in Pius IX had issued the reactionary Syllabus of Errors; two years later the Italian parliament passed a law declaring 'that almost all the religious orders and congregations should have their houses dissolved and their goods confiscated'.

The Requiem Mass, however, was considered as much a public and political ritual as a religious one, as Cherubini's C-minor Requiem and Berlioz's Grande messe des morts attest both were designed for political celebrations. Genesis of the Messa da Requiem Many of the commemorations of Rossini's death included performances of a Requiem Mass, whether works of established pedigree Mozart's, Cherubini's D-minor Requiem or not.

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Had Verdi's ambitious project come to fruition, his idealistic but stringent conditions would have added moral prestige to it; as it turned it out, they may have sealed its fate. His insistence that the composition should not be an 'object of speculation' shifted the responsibility for organization and financing from impresario and publisher to a committee, and to the composers and performers themselves, who were asked not only to contribute their labour but also to subsidize the performance.

Even other sources of disinterested support were ruled out: from foreign hands, from hands alien to art. As a supposedly national event, it competed with countless local celebrations. And finally, when insuperable difficulties arose - the immediate cause being the refusal of the impresario of the Bologna Teatro Comunale to make his singers, chorus, and orchestra available - Verdi's continued insistence that the event must take place in San Petronio on the anniversary of Rossini's death made it impossible to perform the work at all.

The defensive stance of the final paragraph of Verdi's letter testifies to serious doubts about the aesthetic quality of the composition, in particular its lack of unita musicale. However, he would consistently maintain that the aesthetic value of the Messa per Rossini was less important than its value as an essentially patriotic ritual: 'What does it matter, then, that the composition lacks unity, that the contribution of this or that composer is more or less beautiful? It's enough that the day comes, the ceremony takes place, and, in short, that the Historic fact - mark well, the Historic fact - exists.

Verdi's assignment was the final movement, Libera me. As we shall see, the prospectus of the Messa per Rossini may have influenced him in planning some aspects of his Messa da Requiem. He had probably already made preliminary sketches, for only four days later he could inform Giulio, 'My piece is almost finished and lacks only a bit of polishing and the orchestration. In case this ceremony does not take place.

I urge you to see that the piece is well taken care of and returned to me. Although all of the composers finished their compositions in time, the proposed ceremony came to naught, and the Messa per Rossini had to wait until for its premiere.

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In the year and a half following the cancellation of the Bologna ceremony Ricordi attempted to persuade Verdi to allow the Mass to be performed in some other context.

Verdi would have none of it: with the cancellation of the Rossini commemoration, the work had lost all significance. Nonetheless, taking the position that he was merely one of the contributors, he stopped short of making non-negotiable demands and even recognized the possibility that the Mass might be performed elsewhere.

Consider, for example, his reply to a proposal made by the committee at the end of '. If this were so, I too would be reconciled with the idea of seeing it performed. Can the new Mass compete with those of Mozart, Cherubini, etc. Give it. Then Pax vobis. It seems unlikely that he would have begun to construct a Requiem around the Libera me, if it seemed possible that the Messa per Rossini, crowned by this very same piece, might soon receive a public performance.

Matters came to a head in January , when the committee, urged by Verdi 'to conclude the business of this Mass once and for all', decided to 'examine Genesis of the Messa da Requiem the entire Mass with the most scrupulous rigour.

This is the context for Alberto Mazzucato's well-known letter of 2 February , written after his examination of Verdi's Libera me: 'You, my dear Maestro, have written the most beautiful, the greatest, and most colossally poetic page that can be imagined. Consider then, and regret, what dreadful consequences your praise could have - but do not worry: it is a temptation that will pass like so many others.

I do not like useless things. The fate of the Messa per Rossini was soon sealed, and the coup de grace was given in August when the committee returned one of the contributions to its composer Federico Ricci. Verdi's autograph score of the Libera me was returned to him on 21 April He surely would not have started work on completing a Requiem before then: since the Libera me was to provide material for the first two movements, he would have asked Ricordi for that score'the moment he decided to do so.

It can hardly be a coincidence that, two weeks earlier, a note signed 'Un dilettante' but probably planted by Ricordi had appeared in the Gazzetta musicale di Milano 6 April issue : 'Why could not Verdi give new life to sacred music, now fallen to such a low point?

It is understandable that Verdi would wish to honour Manzoni with a Requiem Mass. Verdi regarded Manzoni and Rossini as pillars of Italian glory, and it is for this reason, rather than any deep personal attachment to Rossini, that Verdi initiated the Messa per Rossini project. But in addition to the esteem Verdi: Requiem he accorded to Manzoni as a quasi-political figure - as a world-renowned Italian - Verdi felt a great personal reverence towards the man as writer and patriot.

The novel, in its revised, tuscanized form, was also critical in the establishment of a common vernacular language for the emerging Italian nation.

Verdi's letters reveal an uncharacteristic awe and even more uncharacteristic quasi-hagiographical imagery: What could I say to you of Manzoni?

How to explain the very sweet, indefinable, new sensation produced in me, in the presence of that Saint, as you call him? I would have knelt before him, if men could be worshipped. They say it must not be done, and so be it: although we venerate on altars many who did not have the talent or the virtues of Manzoni, and [here Verdi's more typical voice returns] who indeed were downright rascals.

When you see him kiss his hand and tell him for me all my veneration. He probably did not become aware of the writer's failing health until early May. By 10 May the newspapers had referred to a serious blow inflicted upon his mind by the recent death of his son Pietro; a few days later they reported that he was suddenly stricken with paralysis and that his life was in danger.

The end came on 22 May It hardly required medical reports to know that a Requiem would prove useful, sooner rather than later. And yet Verdi might possibly have decided to complete the composition for reasons independent of Manzoni. He believed that with Aida he had taken his leave of the hurly-burly of the theatre; yet he did not want to, or could not, renounce composing altogether. The string quartet was composed in the previous month, and, given his view that German music is instrumental while Italian - 'la nostra' - is vocal, it is not surprising that he next turned his hand to sacred vocal music.

The parallel with Rossini's career cannot have escaped him. Genesis of the Messa da Requiem Verdi learned of Manzoni's death through a telegram from Clara Maffei, and on the following day he wrote to Ricordi: 'I am profoundly saddened by the death of our Great Man! But I shall not come to Milan, for I would not have the heart to attend his funeral.

I will come soon to visit his grave, alone and unseen, and perhaps after further reflection, after having weighed my strength to propose something to honour his memory. And with Him ends the purest, the most holy, the highest of our glories.

I would like to set to music a Mass for the Dead to be performed next year for the anniversary of his death. The Mass would have rather vast dimensions, and besides a large orchestra and a large chorus, it would also require - 1 cannot be specific now - four or five principal singers. Do you think the City would assume the expense of the performance? I would have the copying of the music done at my expense, and I myself would conduct the performance both at the rehearsals and in church.

If you believe this possible speak to the Mayor about it.

Messa da Requiem

The Mayor of Milan gratefully accepted Verdi's offer. Verdi in turn assured him that no thanks were owed him for 'It is an impulse, or better, a need of the heart that impels me to honour, insofar as I can, this Great Man, whom I so admired as a writer and venerated as a man, model of virtue and of patriotism! The chronology of composition The Verdis spent most of the summer of in Paris and, according to Giuseppina Verdi, the composer worked 'un pochino' on the Requiem in August there.

They were back at Sant'Agata by 14 September, and for about a month Verdi '[didn't do] anything but stroll around in the fields, eat, and sleep'. I'd like to finish it before going to Genoa; at least I'd like to finish the creative part.

To the former he wrote: I'm working on my Mass and doing so with great pleasure. I feel as if I've become a solid citizen and am no longer the public's clown who, with a big tamburone and bass drum, shouts 'come, come, step right up', etc.

As you can imagine, when I hear operas spoken of now, my conscience is scandalized, and I immediately make the sign of the Cross!! What do you say to that? Am I not an edifying example? On 7 March he told Piroli, 'I've been here since the beginning of the year and haven't done anything but write notes upon notes for the greater glory of God, and perhaps for the future annoyance of my fellow man. But be that as it may, the music is now finished, and I'm pleased that I've done it.

On 16 April he informed Piroli that he had been 'very busy and worried over that devil of a Mass, which is finally finished'. Precompositional decisions There were a number of basic decisions that Verdi needed to reach before putting pen to paper.

With the exception of the Libera me, composed in , Verdi had not tried his hand at sacred music for more than thirty years. It would have been natural for him to seek to acquaint or reacquaint himself with some of the standard settings of the Requiem Mass, as one contemporary account claims: Verdi, who knows what is due to his reputation, and leaves nothing to chance, took care to make himself acquainted at Paris with all the Requiems written by the great masters.

He read Mozart's, Berlioz's, and Cherubini's two, as well as others less celebrated, and came to the conclusion that the Dies Irce had never been musically treated in the exact spirit of the Latin text. Whether or not one credits this account, a letter of December see p. For in the Requiem Mass, unlike the Mass Ordinary, there is no standard text common to all polyphonic settings.

For the text of the Mass itself, the committee for the Messa per Rossini followed the example of Mozart, incorporating the Introit and Kyrie into a single movement, dividing the Dies irce into about a half-dozen sections, and allocating a separate movement for the Communion Cherubini and Berlioz incorporated it into the Agnus Dei.

On the other hand, it did not allot a separate movement to the 'Benedictus' or specify fugal treatment of the 'Osanna'. The committee added as a final movement the responsory from the Burial Service Absolution ceremony : Libera me, a movement not uncommon in nineteenth-century Italian Requiems.

The text Verdi adopted is identical with that of the Messa per Rossini, including, of course, the Libera me already composed. Neither of the Cherubini works employs soloists, and Berlioz limited himself to a single tenor in the Sanctus, offering the option of assigning the 'solo' to ten tenors in unison.

The four soloists in Mozart's Requiem have few substantial assignments and generally appear as a quartet. But the Messa per Rossini and Verdi's Requiem are 'Cantata-Masses', where entire sections or movements are assigned to individual soloists and to ensembles drawn from the pool of soloists, sometimes with the participation of the chorus.

The Messa per Rossini calls for five soloists, but Verdi eventually settled on four. Verdi: Requiem The prospectus for the Messa per Rossini limited the orchestra to strings, piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, English horn, two clarinets, bass clarinet, four bassoons, four horns, four trumpets, three trombones and ophicleide, timpani, gran cassa, and organ.

Although Verdi had a free hand in writing his own Messa da Requiem, he adopted the same orchestra he had used in the movement, but with the addition of four off-stage trumpets for the 'Tuba mirum' section of the Dies irce and the substitution of a third flute for piccolo in the Agnus Dei. Borrowings and revisions The relationship of the Libera me and its counterpart in the Messa da Requiem had been a subject of controversy until a manuscript of the Messa per Rossini came to light about twenty-five years ago, demonstrating that the Libera me is a revealing but not radical revision of the earlier piece.

Verdi drew its theme from a duet composed for Don Carlos but removed before its 11 March premiere at the Paris Opera. Since the number had never been performed he could recycle it for the Requiem with impunity. Verdi's autograph shows many signs of 'pentimenti', but most of these concern details: he must already have prepared a continuity draft and, of course, for the Libera me and music derived from it, he had the completed score at hand.

Although Verdi made a handful of further small revisions during his cursory proofreading of a manuscript copy of the orchestral score, the only revision that can be securely dated after the premiere is the replacement of the original setting of the 'Liber scriptus' section see pp.

Ricordi informed Verdi that the parish priest, 'Don Michele Mongeri, is a cultivated man, likeable, and liberal, although religious. You will get on very well with him. This was eventually granted, provided that 'all possible precautions [be taken] that the women be hidden by a grating, [placed] off to one side, or something similar'. Indeed, at the San Marco performance - but not subsequent performances - the female choristers wore 'a full black dress with the head covered by an ample mourning veil'.

When Verdi first offered to compose and conduct the Requiem, the Mayor accepted without hesitation, but when the proposal was deliberated by the Milan City Council on 24 February , two councillors questioned the expenses, while another argued that it was inappropriate for the City to 'associate itself with religious ceremonies, with a Mass to be celebrated, and for which one would need to choose the church and ask permission of the Archbishop'.

One of the fifty-five councillors present was Arrigo Boito, who offered a motion - 'approved with a nearly unanimous vote' - that the City administration gratefully accept Verdi's proposal and provide for its realization.

The opposition to municipal funding of the performance of the Mass must be understood in the context of extreme tension between Church and State at this time, only four years after the annexation of Rome against the 11 Verdi: Requiem will of Pius IX. A few months later the same anticlerical councillor would successfully oppose a proposal to download the house of Manzoni for a museum - the anticlerical faction did not hold Manzoni in high esteem2 - and would play a role in prohibiting the procession of St.

Ambrose on the grounds that demonstrations and disorders might ensue. The ban on the procession could have had consequences for the church performance of Verdi's Requiem: according to one newspaper, it had been rumoured that as a reprisal the church authorities would prohibit the Mass. Financial concerns and reception of the premiere In his proposal for the Messa per Rossini Verdi was adamant that the work should not become an object of speculation, but the situation was very different with the Messa da Requiem.

Far from wanting the score sealed up in the archives, Verdi engaged in extended negotiations with his publishers, Ricordi and, in Paris, Escudier.

For the sale of rights, Verdi received 35, francs from Ricordi and 15, francs from Escudier; in addition he would also receive substantial royalties. Verdi directed the performance on 25 May, Franco Faccio those of 27 and 29 May. The profits, 16, The composer thus received 4, One exception was the virulent report of Hans von Biilow filed on the eve of the performance and printed in the Allgemeine Zeitung.

Thus, among other pieces, the final fugue, despite many things worthy only of a student, of much that is insipid and disagreeable, is a work of such industry that many German musicians will experience great surprise at it. Nonetheless, the issue of the work's appropriateness for the church - whether the work was an 'Oper im Kirchengewande' - has remained a constant theme in discussion of the Messa da Requiem down to the present day see Chapter I have doubtless pilfered some ideas and felicitous phrases of other writers without acknowledgment.

The approximate durations of the various sections or movements, usually rounded off to the nearest fifteen seconds, are based upon Verdi's metronome markings estimating the length of the fermatas and passages with verbal indications only [t.

Even when changes of tempo are not indicated, Verdi doubtless expected some interpretative freedom rather than a rigid, metronomic tempo,6 so to propose even an approximate duration presupposes that departures from the specified tempo will average out, that conductors will occasionally want to speed up as well as slow down.

Acknowledgments In addition to all those who helped me prepare the critical edition of the Requiem and who are acknowledged there, I should like to extend my deep gratitude to Julian Rushton and Penny Souster for their perceptive editorial comments, encouragement, and nearly infinite patience.

IX 1 The genesis of the Messa da Requiem per Panniversario della morte di Manzoni 22 maggio The Messa per Rossini of Despite its connection with Alessandro Manzoni, underscored by Verdi's official title for the work,1 the story of Verdi's Requiem begins with the death of Gioachino Rossini 13 November and Verdi's reaction to it: 'A great name has disappeared from the world!

His was the most widespread, the most popular reputation of our time, and it was a glory of Italy! When the other one who still lives [Manzoni] is no more, what will we have left? Our ministers, and the exploits of Lissa and Custoza. Lissa and Custoza were humiliating, though not crucial, Italian defeats in the war for Venice, a war won on behalf of Italy by her ally, Prussia - another humiliation.

Matters were no better on the domestic front: there were serious economic problems and the continuing problem of the South. There's no hope for us, when our statesmen are vain gossips. Four operas by Meyerbeer. How can such grave sterility be remedied? He did so not for his own sake, he told friends, but out of respect for Bellini and Donizetti, 'who filled the world with their melodies' and 'who were no longer able to defend themselves'.

The letter was published in the Ricordi house journal, the Gazzetta musicale di Milano 22 November , and in other Italian newspapers as well. To honour the memory of Rossini I would wish the most distinguished Italian composers Mercadante at the head, if only for a few bars to compose a Requiem Mass to be performed on the anniversary of his death.

I would like not only the composers, but all the performing artists, in addition to lending their services, to offer also a contribution to pay the expenses. I would like no foreign hand, no hand alien to art, no matter how powerful, to lend his assistance. In this case I would withdraw at once from the association. The Mass should be performed in San Petronio, in the city of Bologna, which was Rossini's true musical home. This Mass would not be an object of curiosity or of speculation; but as soon as it has been performed, it should be sealed and placed in the archives of the Liceo Musicale of that city, from which it should never be taken.

Exception could perhaps be made for His anniversaries, if posterity should decide to celebrate them. If I were in the good graces of the Holy Father, I would beg him to allow, at least this once, women to take part in the performance of this music, but since I am not, it would be best to find a person more suitable than I to achieve this end.

The composition however good the individual numbers may be will necessarily lack musical unity; but if it is wanting in this respect it will serve nonetheless to show how great in all of us is the veneration for that man whose loss the whole world mourns. The first question raised by this problematic document concerns the choice of a Requiem Mass as a means of commemorating Rossini's death. Verdi was anticlerical and, at least in this period, almost certainly an agnostic.

Furthermore the period was one of intense conflict between Church and State: in Pius IX had issued the reactionary Syllabus of Errors; two years later the Italian parliament passed a law declaring 'that almost all the religious orders and congregations should have their houses dissolved and their goods confiscated'. The Requiem Mass, however, was considered as much a public and political ritual as a religious one, as Cherubini's C-minor Requiem and Berlioz's Grande messe des morts attest both were designed for political celebrations.

Genesis of the Messa da Requiem Many of the commemorations of Rossini's death included performances of a Requiem Mass, whether works of established pedigree Mozart's, Cherubini's D-minor Requiem or not.

Had Verdi's ambitious project come to fruition, his idealistic but stringent conditions would have added moral prestige to it; as it turned it out, they may have sealed its fate. His insistence that the composition should not be an 'object of speculation' shifted the responsibility for organization and financing from impresario and publisher to a committee, and to the composers and performers themselves, who were asked not only to contribute their labour but also to subsidize the performance.

Even other sources of disinterested support were ruled out: from foreign hands, from hands alien to art. As a supposedly national event, it competed with countless local celebrations. And finally, when insuperable difficulties arose - the immediate cause being the refusal of the impresario of the Bologna Teatro Comunale to make his singers, chorus, and orchestra available - Verdi's continued insistence that the event must take place in San Petronio on the anniversary of Rossini's death made it impossible to perform the work at all.

The defensive stance of the final paragraph of Verdi's letter testifies to serious doubts about the aesthetic quality of the composition, in particular its lack of unita musicale. However, he would consistently maintain that the aesthetic value of the Messa per Rossini was less important than its value as an essentially patriotic ritual: 'What does it matter, then, that the composition lacks unity, that the contribution of this or that composer is more or less beautiful?

It's enough that the day comes, the ceremony takes place, and, in short, that the Historic fact - mark well, the Historic fact - exists. Verdi's assignment was the final movement, Libera me.

As we shall see, the prospectus of the Messa per Rossini may have influenced him in planning some aspects of his Messa da Requiem. He had probably already made preliminary sketches, for only four days later he could inform Giulio, 'My piece is almost finished and lacks only a bit of polishing and the orchestration.

In case this ceremony does not take place. I urge you to see that the piece is well taken care of and returned to me. Although all of the composers finished their compositions in time, the proposed ceremony came to naught, and the Messa per Rossini had to wait until for its premiere.

In the year and a half following the cancellation of the Bologna ceremony Ricordi attempted to persuade Verdi to allow the Mass to be performed in some other context. Verdi would have none of it: with the cancellation of the Rossini commemoration, the work had lost all significance. Nonetheless, taking the position that he was merely one of the contributors, he stopped short of making non-negotiable demands and even recognized the possibility that the Mass might be performed elsewhere.

Consider, for example, his reply to a proposal made by the committee at the end of '. If this were so, I too would be reconciled with the idea of seeing it performed. Can the new Mass compete with those of Mozart, Cherubini, etc. Give it. Then Pax vobis. It seems unlikely that he would have begun to construct a Requiem around the Libera me, if it seemed possible that the Messa per Rossini, crowned by this very same piece, might soon receive a public performance.

Matters came to a head in January , when the committee, urged by Verdi 'to conclude the business of this Mass once and for all', decided to 'examine Genesis of the Messa da Requiem the entire Mass with the most scrupulous rigour.

This is the context for Alberto Mazzucato's well-known letter of 2 February , written after his examination of Verdi's Libera me: 'You, my dear Maestro, have written the most beautiful, the greatest, and most colossally poetic page that can be imagined. Consider then, and regret, what dreadful consequences your praise could have - but do not worry: it is a temptation that will pass like so many others.

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I do not like useless things. The fate of the Messa per Rossini was soon sealed, and the coup de grace was given in August when the committee returned one of the contributions to its composer Federico Ricci. Verdi's autograph score of the Libera me was returned to him on 21 April He surely would not have started work on completing a Requiem before then: since the Libera me was to provide material for the first two movements, he would have asked Ricordi for that score'the moment he decided to do so.

It can hardly be a coincidence that, two weeks earlier, a note signed 'Un dilettante' but probably planted by Ricordi had appeared in the Gazzetta musicale di Milano 6 April issue : 'Why could not Verdi give new life to sacred music, now fallen to such a low point?

It is understandable that Verdi would wish to honour Manzoni with a Requiem Mass.

Verdi regarded Manzoni and Rossini as pillars of Italian glory, and it is for this reason, rather than any deep personal attachment to Rossini, that Verdi initiated the Messa per Rossini project. But in addition to the esteem Verdi: Requiem he accorded to Manzoni as a quasi-political figure - as a world-renowned Italian - Verdi felt a great personal reverence towards the man as writer and patriot.

The novel, in its revised, tuscanized form, was also critical in the establishment of a common vernacular language for the emerging Italian nation. Verdi's letters reveal an uncharacteristic awe and even more uncharacteristic quasi-hagiographical imagery: What could I say to you of Manzoni?

How to explain the very sweet, indefinable, new sensation produced in me, in the presence of that Saint, as you call him? I would have knelt before him, if men could be worshipped. They say it must not be done, and so be it: although we venerate on altars many who did not have the talent or the virtues of Manzoni, and [here Verdi's more typical voice returns] who indeed were downright rascals.

When you see him kiss his hand and tell him for me all my veneration. He probably did not become aware of the writer's failing health until early May. By 10 May the newspapers had referred to a serious blow inflicted upon his mind by the recent death of his son Pietro; a few days later they reported that he was suddenly stricken with paralysis and that his life was in danger.

The end came on 22 May It hardly required medical reports to know that a Requiem would prove useful, sooner rather than later. And yet Verdi might possibly have decided to complete the composition for reasons independent of Manzoni. He believed that with Aida he had taken his leave of the hurly-burly of the theatre; yet he did not want to, or could not, renounce composing altogether.

The string quartet was composed in the previous month, and, given his view that German music is instrumental while Italian - 'la nostra' - is vocal, it is not surprising that he next turned his hand to sacred vocal music. The parallel with Rossini's career cannot have escaped him. Genesis of the Messa da Requiem Verdi learned of Manzoni's death through a telegram from Clara Maffei, and on the following day he wrote to Ricordi: 'I am profoundly saddened by the death of our Great Man!

But I shall not come to Milan, for I would not have the heart to attend his funeral. I will come soon to visit his grave, alone and unseen, and perhaps after further reflection, after having weighed my strength to propose something to honour his memory.

And with Him ends the purest, the most holy, the highest of our glories. I would like to set to music a Mass for the Dead to be performed next year for the anniversary of his death. The Mass would have rather vast dimensions, and besides a large orchestra and a large chorus, it would also require - 1 cannot be specific now - four or five principal singers.

Do you think the City would assume the expense of the performance? I would have the copying of the music done at my expense, and I myself would conduct the performance both at the rehearsals and in church.

If you believe this possible speak to the Mayor about it. The Mayor of Milan gratefully accepted Verdi's offer. Verdi in turn assured him that no thanks were owed him for 'It is an impulse, or better, a need of the heart that impels me to honour, insofar as I can, this Great Man, whom I so admired as a writer and venerated as a man, model of virtue and of patriotism! The chronology of composition The Verdis spent most of the summer of in Paris and, according to Giuseppina Verdi, the composer worked 'un pochino' on the Requiem in August there.

They were back at Sant'Agata by 14 September, and for about a month Verdi '[didn't do] anything but stroll around in the fields, eat, and sleep'. I'd like to finish it before going to Genoa; at least I'd like to finish the creative part.

To the former he wrote: I'm working on my Mass and doing so with great pleasure. I feel as if I've become a solid citizen and am no longer the public's clown who, with a big tamburone and bass drum, shouts 'come, come, step right up', etc. As you can imagine, when I hear operas spoken of now, my conscience is scandalized, and I immediately make the sign of the Cross!! What do you say to that?

Am I not an edifying example? On 7 March he told Piroli, 'I've been here since the beginning of the year and haven't done anything but write notes upon notes for the greater glory of God, and perhaps for the future annoyance of my fellow man.

But be that as it may, the music is now finished, and I'm pleased that I've done it. On 16 April he informed Piroli that he had been 'very busy and worried over that devil of a Mass, which is finally finished'.

Precompositional decisions There were a number of basic decisions that Verdi needed to reach before putting pen to paper. With the exception of the Libera me, composed in , Verdi had not tried his hand at sacred music for more than thirty years. It would have been natural for him to seek to acquaint or reacquaint himself with some of the standard settings of the Requiem Mass, as one contemporary account claims: Verdi, who knows what is due to his reputation, and leaves nothing to chance, took care to make himself acquainted at Paris with all the Requiems written by the great masters.

He read Mozart's, Berlioz's, and Cherubini's two, as well as others less celebrated, and came to the conclusion that the Dies Irce had never been musically treated in the exact spirit of the Latin text. Whether or not one credits this account, a letter of December see p. For in the Requiem Mass, unlike the Mass Ordinary, there is no standard text common to all polyphonic settings. For the text of the Mass itself, the committee for the Messa per Rossini followed the example of Mozart, incorporating the Introit and Kyrie into a single movement, dividing the Dies irce into about a half-dozen sections, and allocating a separate movement for the Communion Cherubini and Berlioz incorporated it into the Agnus Dei.

On the other hand, it did not allot a separate movement to the 'Benedictus' or specify fugal treatment of the 'Osanna'. The committee added as a final movement the responsory from the Burial Service Absolution ceremony : Libera me, a movement not uncommon in nineteenth-century Italian Requiems.

The text Verdi adopted is identical with that of the Messa per Rossini, including, of course, the Libera me already composed. Neither of the Cherubini works employs soloists, and Berlioz limited himself to a single tenor in the Sanctus, offering the option of assigning the 'solo' to ten tenors in unison. The four soloists in Mozart's Requiem have few substantial assignments and generally appear as a quartet. But the Messa per Rossini and Verdi's Requiem are 'Cantata-Masses', where entire sections or movements are assigned to individual soloists and to ensembles drawn from the pool of soloists, sometimes with the participation of the chorus.

The Messa per Rossini calls for five soloists, but Verdi eventually settled on four. Verdi: Requiem The prospectus for the Messa per Rossini limited the orchestra to strings, piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, English horn, two clarinets, bass clarinet, four bassoons, four horns, four trumpets, three trombones and ophicleide, timpani, gran cassa, and organ.

Although Verdi had a free hand in writing his own Messa da Requiem, he adopted the same orchestra he had used in the movement, but with the addition of four off-stage trumpets for the 'Tuba mirum' section of the Dies irce and the substitution of a third flute for piccolo in the Agnus Dei.

Verdi: Requiem (Cambridge Music Handbooks)

Borrowings and revisions The relationship of the Libera me and its counterpart in the Messa da Requiem had been a subject of controversy until a manuscript of the Messa per Rossini came to light about twenty-five years ago, demonstrating that the Libera me is a revealing but not radical revision of the earlier piece.

Verdi drew its theme from a duet composed for Don Carlos but removed before its 11 March premiere at the Paris Opera.They say it must not be done, and so be it: although we venerate on altars many who did not have the talent or the virtues of Manzoni, and [here Verdi's more typical voice returns] who indeed were downright rascals.

However, most employed a total of to performers, generally with a chorus ranging from about 9 per cent to 50 per cent larger than the orchestra, but not overwhelming it. With the exception of the Libera me, composed in , Verdi had not tried his hand at sacred music for more than thirty years. Although all of the composers finished their compositions in time, the proposed ceremony came to naught, and the Messa per Rossini had to wait until for its premiere. Vocal sco more info. MusicBrainz is an open music encyclopedia that collects music metadata and makes it available to the public.

Financial concerns and reception of the premiere In his proposal for the Messa per Rossini Verdi was adamant that the work should not become an object of speculation, but the situation was very different with the Messa da Requiem. So that if have necessity to load pdf Requiem: Vocal score by unknown Sheet music , in that case you come on to the correct site. This tonal striving is in sharp contrast to the 'Requiem aeternam'. The Psalm verse, 'Te decet hymnus' bb.

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