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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.
This opera based on Orlando Furioso was first performed in Rome in a lavish production at the Teatro delle Quattro Fontane. The composer Rossi was criticised for giving too much music to his friend, the castrato Marc Antonio Pasqualini, who played Bradamante, at the expense of the other roles. Some of the highly complicated stage machinery failed to work during the performance too.
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