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Giuseppe Verdi
(1813-1901) born on
Oct 10
Italian composer. He was the leading opera composer in the 19th c.; his works include "Rigoletto," 1851; "Il trovatore," 1853; "La traviata," 1853.
         
   
F
You may have the universe if I may have Italy.

R
I adore art . . . when I am alone with my notes, my heart pounds and the tears stream from my eyes, and my emotion and my joys are too much to bear.
A
Our mistake, you see, was to write interminable large operas, which had to fill an entire evening . . . And now along comes someone with a one- or two-act opera without all that pompous nonsense . . . that was a happy reform.
N
They were all churning out operas of mine. It was clearly impossible for me to work under such conditions, so I hired the organs from their owners. It will cost me about 1,500 lire for the summer, but that is not too large a price to pay for peace.
K
Oh blessed a thousand times the peasant who is born, eats and dies without anybody bothering about his affairs.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Attila."
R: In "Peter's Quotations," by Laurence J. Peter, 1977.
A: Referring to Mascagni.
N: On why all the rooms (except one) of his house were packed to the ceiling with 95 barrel-organs.
K: In "Peter's Quotations," by Laurence J. Peter, 1977.
   


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