Today, January 27, is a day of mixed emotions of music… because it is a day that relates to two of my all time favorite composers….. Mozart and Verdi.
On January 27, Mozart, one of my personal musical heroes and one of the greatest geniuses ever in history was born in Salzburg in 1756…. and on also on this day but in 1901, Giuseppe Verdi, one of the greatest giants of history Opera, passed away at age 87.
A day of contrats, celebrating the birth anniversary of Mozart and commemorating the death anniversary of Verdi. Two geniuses who gave us many beautiful joys to our hearts with their beautiful, glorious music. How would our lives be without Mozart’s symphonies, Piano Sonatas, Piano Concertos, Violin sonetos, String quartets, Sacred Music, etc…..and specially, his Operas? What made me fan of Mozart was, his extraordinary Operas. Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Idomeneo, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, La Clemenza di Tito, Die Zauberflöte are treasures of history of Opera! Many are celebrating Mozart’s Birthday anniversary with many of his glorious musical works like his glorious simphonies or piano sonatas, which are a treasure, indeed, but I will celebrate him with his glorious Operas.
It is indeed that Mozart is considered the greatest genius of history of music and Gerado Kleinburg, who is an important erudite in music in Mexico, said that Mozart is not only the greatest genius of history of music but also of all human species! The world will never have another human sensation or phenomenom, that is out of this world, like Mozart. Mozart gave us so many treasures in a short life. Only a genius, like Mozart, could give or shake our lives with such music like in Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte, Die Zauberflöte, there are no words to describe the final dramatical moments of Don Giovanni, which is one of the most glorious moments in history of Opera, theater and drama or the glorious sextet from Le Nozze di Figaro – Riconosci in questo amplesso. And Almaviva’s Contessa perdono is one of the most sublime moments ever. And oh my…. there are now words to describe the exquisite beauty of Voi che Sapete. And the also sublime Soave sia il vento
from Cosi fan Tutte…. oh my! And what about Papageno’s joyful aria “Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja“ ? That aria always brings me joy to my heart! Yes, listening to Mozart’s music, specially his extraordinary operas are a treasure for the human kind.
What would the history of Opera be without the genius of Giuseppe Verdi? History of Opera wouldn’t be the same without Verdi’s glorious Operas… History of Italy wouldn’t be the same without the glorious Va, pensiero chorus. And yes, Verdi, conquered the Opera and his name, along with Wagner’s is in the called “Golden age of Opera”. All Opera Houses around the world perform a Verdi opera and definitely Verdi changed the history of Opera with his music. I don’t have words to describe the beauty of Verdi’s music in Don Carlo, Rigoletto, La Forza del Destino Rigoletto, Otello, Ernani, Un Ballo in Maschera, La Traviata, Aida, etc, etc… Oh Verdi, with your music you made us cry so many times! We all must be thankful that this extraordinary man, from Busseto, first didn’t give up, first when he was rejected from the conservatory of Milan and later, that he decided to compose Nabucco after suffering the deaths of his wife and children. Verdi’s life was a drama or opera itself…. Verdi had many difficulties, many problems, like every human being, he even got involved in politics… Verdi’s life is one of the most fascinating ever… and his death funerals were the most moving ever… with thousands of people, singing together “Va, Pensiero”.
Both Mozart and Verdi gave music and voices to the most fascinating characters of history Opera, some of them myths, others, famous characters of literature and others historical characters…
(It is also an irony that two of the most “horrible characters” or “characters with bad intensions” like The Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto or The Queen of the Night, in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, have the most beautiful music ever)
Mozart: Don Giovanni, Leporello, The Queen of the Night, Papageno, Sarastro, Don Alfonso, Despina, Figaro, Susanna, Count Almaviva, Cherubino …
Verdi: Rigoletto, the Duke, Sparafucile, Don Carlo, Rodrigo, King Phillip, Don Alvaro, Ernani, Otello, Desdemona, Iago, Leonora, Count di Luna, Azucena, Manrico, King Riccardo/Gustavo,, Renato, Falstaff, Nabucco, Zaccaria, Violetta, Alfredo…
All these fascinating characters wouldn’t have music and a “voice” to sing and to tell a story without the geniuses of Mozart and Verdi.
Thank you Mozart and Verdi, for giving us so many joys with your beautiful music!!!! Yes, January 27… a day, of contrasts in history of music.