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La Forza del Destino

Composed by Giuseppe VERDI

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La Forza del Destino
La Forza del Destino (The Power of Fate) is an Italian opera by Giuseppe Verdi with a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It was first performed in the Bolshoi Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, in November 1862. The overture is part of the standard orchestral repertoire.
The music begins with the famous "Fate" Motif, the ominous three Es unison in the brass.
Many Italian opera singers feel the opera is "cursed" and brings bad luck, the superstitious Pavarotti avoided the part of Alvaro for this reason. The main theme was used in the two French films “Jean de Florette” and “Manon des Sources”.

Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (1813-1901) was an Italian composer well known for his operas. Along with Richard Wagner to be the preeminent opera composer of the 19th century. He dominated the whole Italian opera scene after Bellini,Donizetti and Rossini. Born the son of Carlo Giuseppe Verdi and Luigia Uttini in Le Roncole, a village near Busseto, in the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza. His works are performed frequently in opera houses across the world and transcend. Many of his themes have taken root in popular culture, such as  "La Donna è Mobile" from "Rigoletto", "Libiamo ne' Lieti Calici" from "La Traviata", "Va, Pensiero" from "Nabucco", the "Coro di Zingari" from "Il Trovatore" and the "Grand March" from "Aida". Verdi wrote his "Requiem Mass" in 1874 in honour of his great friend Alessandro Manzoni, a work regarded by many as a masterpiece. His operas, especially the later ones, are a staple of the standard repertoire. With the possible exception of Giacomo Puccini, no composer of Italian opera has managed to match Verdi's popularity. He insisted on seeking out plots to suit his particular talents. Always working closely with his librettists and well aware of the importance of dramatic expression, he made certain that each libretto was stripped of all unnecessary detail and brimming with characters full of passion. There are three music conservatories in Italy; the Milan Conservatory, plus one in Turin and another Como named after Verdi plus many theatres too. There is also a Giuseppe Verdi Monument in Verdi Square in Manhattan, New York. Verdi's name translates literally as "Joseph Green" in English. The comedian Victor Borge often referred to the famous composer as "Joe Green" in his act, saying that "Giuseppe Verdi" was merely his "stage name".

Arranged by Christopher Houlding

6:30 Minutes

4 Trumpets
1 Horn in F
3 Trombones
1 Euphonium
1 Tuba
1 Percussion

Trumpet 1 requires Piccolo Trumpet
Trumpet 4 requires Flugelhorn
Percussion section requires: Timpani
(Optional extra percussion parts for Cymbals and Bass Drum)