The Lark Ascending Ralph Vaughan Williams Download 'The Lark Ascending' on iTunes
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Verdi: 20 facts about the great composer
Verdi's predecessors who influenced his music were Rossini, Bellini, Giacomo Meyerbeer and, most notably, Gaetano Donizetti - pictured - and Mercadante. With the exception of his operas Otello and Aida, it is said that Verdi was free of Wagner's influence.