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Verdi: 20 facts about the great composer
14. Verdi's Requiem
Milan cathedral was the setting for the first performance of Verdi's Requiem Mass on 22 May 1874. He composed it to honour a famous novelist and poet Alessandro Manzoni, who died the previous year. The Requiem is a masterpiece and a testimony to Verdi's composing abilities outside of the field of opera.