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The World's Greatest Music
An epic Italian poem from the 16th century has inspired more classical music than any other work of literature. Here are a few of the best.
Piccinni, born in Naples in 1728, spent a number of years in Paris where he got a bit hijacked by the media, who spun an entirely fictitious rivalry between him and Gluck. His 'Roland' is part of a late 18th century trend for resetting libretti that had been written for Lully, the first major French opera composer, almost a century earlier.
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