What Type of Music Did Giuseppe Verdi Compose?


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Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi is known for his operatic compositions. In the span of his career, he wrote over 25 operas which are continuously performed throughout the world.

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Verdi began his career as a conductor at the Philharmonic Society in Busseto, and he also worked as an organist. He wrote his first opera, "Oberto," in 1839 followed by "Un giorno di regno" in 1840. Neither work achieved much acclaim, but greater success came with his later works including "Rigoletto" (1851), "Il trovatore "(1853), "La traviata" (1853), "Don Carlos" (1867) and "Aida" (1871). Following "Messa da Requiem" (1874), Verdi made plans to retire, but he added to his repertoire with "Otello" (1886) and "Falstaff" (1890) prior to his death in 1901.

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