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Verdi: Facts, compositions and biography on 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.