During the nineteenth century, bands and organs were the tireless spokesmen for operatic music composed for the theater.
The phenomenon was both cultural and social since the need for opera, which was felt at every level of Italian society in the1800s, was nourished and sustained by various factors.
First and foremost, obviously, came the artistic and musical aspects, but these were closely followed by the star system of singers and actors, and, finally, by a healthy dose of political propaganda which coincided with the establishment and consolidation of national unity (consider the roles played by Nabucco, in full Risorgimento, and thirty years later by Aida, as typical examples of “national opera”).
In light of the influence that opera had on organ practice, it is worthwhile to observe the phenomenon from two different–albeit complementary–points of view: those of organology and organ performance.
In the minds of organ builders, the capability of playing arias, cabalettas or overtures on the organ signified building instruments which could faithfully realize the various unique characteristics of operatic language: the greatest possible contrast and diversification between melody and accompaniment, faithful imitation of timbres, gradual dynamic crescendos, percussive effects.


Disco n.1
Verdi, Giuseppe
Messa da Requiem (arr. S. Molardi for organ)
  1 - Messa da Requiem: Dies irae: Dies irae, dies illa (arr. S. Molardi for organ) (6:00)
Messa da Requiem (arr. A. Lebeau for organ)
  2 - Messa da Requiem: Dies irae: Lacrymosa (arr. A. Lebeau for organ) (4:39)
La forza del destinio (arr. for organ)
  3 - La forza del destinio: Sinfonia (arr. for organ) (8:20)
La traviata (arr. for organ)
  4 - La traviata: Sinfonia (arr. for organ) (3:40)
Stiffelio (arr. C. Fumagalli for organ)
  5 - Stiffelio: Sinfonia (arr. C. Fumagalli for organ) (3:05)
Il trovatore (arr. G.F. Foschini for organ)
  6 - Il trovatore, Act I: Di tale amor che dirsi (arr. G.F. Foschini) (1:13)
Messa da Requiem (arr. A. Lebeau for organ)
  7 - Requiem (4:38)
  8 - Dies irae: Rex tremendae e Recordare (6:30)
Giovanna de Guzman (arr. C. Fumagalli for organ)
  9 - Giovanna de Guzman: Offertorio (arr. C. Fumagalli for organ) (4:30)
Messa da Requiem (arr. F. Liszt for organ)
  10 - Messa da Requiem: Agnus Dei (arr. F. Liszt for organ) (5:52)
Aida (arr. for organ)
  11 - Sinfonia (3:58)
  12 - Act II: Finale (12:50)
  • Composer: VERDI GIUSEPPE
  • Performers: Stefano Molardi, Organ
  • Historical Period: Romanticism
  • Code: TC 812202
  • Edition: March 2003
  • Barcode: 8007194102543
  • Set: 1
  • Total tracks: 12
  • Total duration: 01:05:15
  • Notes: Organ Serassi 1825, S. Maria di Campagna – Piacenza
    Organ Bossi 1797, Roncole Verdi – Busseto – Parma

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