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Verdi, Giuseppe
Giuseppe Verdi
October 10, 1813 – January 27, 1901

Politician and composer Giuseppe Verdi had the deepest impact on the opera form since Rossini. His pieces owe a debt to Wagner. While not particularly technically dazzling, his compositions were remarkable for their inventiveness, and the nature in which the music supported the plot.

Verdi displayed skill as a child. At seven he was playing organ at a church. He received a used piano, which he quickly mastered. He took lessons from private teachers while assisting an organist and composing part time. He eventually moved to Milan, and began publishing his works.

His first opera, Oberto, was a success. Following pieces failed. His wife died, and, surprisingly, the tragedy inspired Verdi to craft new works, most which were well received.

A new marriage arrived with some of the greatest successes of his life: Rigoletto, Il trovatore, and La traviata. After a stay in Paris, Verdi returned to his hometown of Busseto to write, and become a politician.

A relocation to Genoa in 1870 coincided with a maturity and sophistication of his compositions, as seen in the opera Aida. Otello followed, then Falstaff. These three pieces are known as his most masterful works. Verdi turned to altruistic pursuits, and later died in 1901.

Notable works:
Aida
La Traviata
Rigoletto

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