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Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Puccini
1858 - 1924
G.A.D.M. Puccini
Giacomo Puccini (22/12/1858 - 29/11/1924), an Italian composer of mainly operas, born in Lucca. Education: Pacini Institute, Lucca, Italy, 1880; Royal Conservatory of Music, Milan, 1883. Achievements: last great Italian opera composer. Created perennial favorites of the opera world, including La Boheme, Tosca and Madama Butterfly.
Requiem aeternam, from opera Edgar
Composed in:1889
Musical form:opera
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Duration:ca. 9'
Label(s): Deutsche Grammophon 00289 477 6102
Requiem aeternam, from opera Edgar (1889), act 3, nr.2.
Composed in:1905
Musical form:fragment
Text/libretto:Latin mass
In memory of:Giuseppe Verdi
Label(s):ASV CD DCA 914
Bongiovanni GB 2037-2
Ars Musici AM 1265-2
Deutsche Grammaphon 00289 4800767
Requiem for mixed voices, solo viola and organ in memory of Verdi who died in 1901. The duration of Puccini's requiem is only 5'35. But it is a masterpiece with a lovely and moving violinsolo. The mournful tones of the solo viola lend a ditinctive atmosphere to the composition which is also characterised by the composer's restrained choral writing, and his use of subtly shifting harmonies in the organ part.
Author:Geoffrey Webber
G. Verdi