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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
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