Monday, January 9, 2017

Musician Statue: Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi - Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Giuseppe Fortunino 
Francesco Verdi
Palermo, Sicily

N 38° 07.216 E 013° 21.480

Short Description: 

A monument honoring composer Giuseppe Verdi is located at Piazza Giuseppi Verdi next to the Teatro Massimo opera house in Palermo, Italy.

Long Description:

A life size bronze bust of Giuseppe Verdi depicts the Italian composer from the mid chest up. He is wearing a jacket with wide lapels and an ascot. The bust rests on a 7' high marble base which is decorated with long branch of laurel leaves. The bust was sculpted by Antonio Ugo in 1902. The base was sculpted by Ernesto Basile. The top of the base is inscribed:


Giuseppe Verdi was born in Busseto, is a comune in the province of Parma, in Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy, on 9 or 10 of October 1813. In 1827, he had graduated with honours from the Ginnasio school for boys and began to focus on a career in music under Ferdinando Provesi, maestro di cappella at San Bartolomeo, director of the municipal music school and co-director of the local Philharmonic Society.By 1829–30, Verdi established himself as a leader of the Philharmonic. Verdi moved to Milan where he began his studies at the Milan Conservatory. He became interested in opera when he attended productions at La Scala.

Verdi became one of the world's most beloved composers of opera. His works include:

Oberto, 1839
Un giorno di regno, 1840
Nabucodonosor, 1842
I lombardi alla prima crociata, 1843
Ernani, 1844
I due Foscari, 1844
Giovanna d'Arco, 1845
Alzira, 1845
Attila, 1846
Macbeth, 1847
I masnadieri, 1847
Jérusalem, 1847
Il corsaro, 1848
La battaglia di Legnano, 1849
Luisa Miller, 1849
Stiffelio, 1850
Rigoletto, 1851
Il trovatore, 1853
La traviata, 1853
Les vepres siciliennes, 1855
Simon Boccanegra, 1857
Un ballo in maschera, 1859
La forza del destino, 1862
Don Carlos, 1867
Aida, 1871
Otello, 1887
Falstaff, 1893

He also wrote his famous requiem mass, which includes his "Dies Irae" and many other sacred and secular works. Giuseppe Verdi died on January 27, 1901 in Milan, Italy.

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