List of compositions by Giuseppe Verdi

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Giuseppe Verdi

The following is a list of published compositions by the composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901).

List of operas and revisions[edit]

   Revision of earlier opera, including translations with material musical changes. Librettists not directly involved in the preparation of a specific revision, but whose text (or a translation thereof) is included in the work, are shown in italics.

# Title Libretto Acts Language Premiere Remarks
1 Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio 2 Italian La Scala, Milan

17 Nov 1839

Lightly revised three times after the première.
2 Un giorno di regno 2 Italian La Scala, Milan

5 Sep 1840

Later revision known as Il finto Stanislao.
3 Nabucodonosor
  • Temistocle Solera
4 Italian La Scala, Milan

9 Mar 1842

Later known as Nabucco.
4 I Lombardi alla prima crociata
  • Temistocle Solera
4 Italian La Scala, Milan

11 Feb 1843

Based on an epic poem by Tommaso Grossi.
5 Ernani 4 Italian La Fenice, Venice

9 Mar 1844

Partially based on work by Victor Hugo.
6 I due Foscari
  • Francesco Maria Piave
3 Italian Teatro Argentina, Rome

3 Nov 1844

7 Giovanna d'Arco
  • Temistocle Solera
3 Italian La Scala, Milan

15 Feb 1845

8 Alzira 2 Italian San Carlo, Naples

12 Aug 1845

9 Attila
  • Temistocle Solera
  • Francesco Maria Piave
3 Italian La Fenice, Venice

17 Mar 1846

Acts 1 and 2 written, and Act 3 sketched, by Solera.

Act 3 completed by Piave.

10 Macbeth
  • Francesco Maria Piave
4 Italian La Pergola, Florence

14 Mar 1847

11 I masnadieri 4 Italian Her Majesty's Theatre, London

22 Jul 1847

4a Jérusalem 4 French Salle Le Peletier, Paris

26 Nov 1847

Revision and translation of I Lombardi alla prima crociata.
12 Il corsaro
  • Francesco Maria Piave
3 Italian Teatro Grande, Trieste

25 Oct 1848

13 La battaglia di Legnano
  • Salvatore Cammarano
4 Italian Teatro Argentina, Rome

27 Jan 1849

14 Luisa Miller
  • Salvatore Cammarano
3 Italian San Carlo, Naples

8 Dec 1849

15 Stiffelio
  • Francesco Maria Piave
3 Italian Teatro Grande, Trieste

16 Nov 1850

16 Rigoletto
  • Francesco Maria Piave
3 Italian La Fenice, Venice

11 Mar 1851

17 Il trovatore 4 Italian Teatro Apollo, Rome

19 Jan 1853

Cammarano died before completion; his libretto was restructured by Bardare.
18 La traviata
  • Francesco Maria Piave
3 Italian La Fenice, Venice

6 Mar 1853

19 Les vêpres siciliennes 5 French Salle Le Peletier, Paris

13 June 1855

19a Giovanna de Guzman 5 Italian Teatro Regio, Parma

26 Dec 1855

Revision and translation of Les vêpres siciliennes.

Also known as Batilda di Turenne in an 1858 Naples production[1].

After 1861 most commonly known as I vespri siciliani.

17a Le trouvère
  • Salvatore Cammarano
  • Leone Emanuele Bardare[2][3]
4 French La Monnaie, Brussels

20 May 1856[2]

Revision and translation of Il trovatore, with added ballet.
20 Simon Boccanegra
  • Francesco Maria Piave
3 Italian La Fenice, Venice

12 Mar 1857

15a Aroldo
  • Francesco Maria Piave
4 Italian Teatro Nuovo Communale [it], Rimini

16 Aug 1857

Revision of Stiffelio set in Anglo-Saxon Britain. Act 3 expanded.
21 Un ballo in maschera 3 Italian Teatro Apollo, Rome

17 Feb 1859

Revision of the unperformed Gustavo III.
22 La forza del destino
  • Francesco Maria Piave
4 Italian Bolshoi, Saint Petersburg

10 Nov 1862

10a Macbeth
  • Francesco Maria Piave
4 Italian Théâtre Lyrique, Paris

21 Apr 1865

Revised version with cuts including Macbeth's final aria.
23 Don Carlos 5 French Salle Le Peletier, Paris

11 Mar 1867

23a Don Carlo 5 Italian Royal Italian Opera House, London

4 Jun 1867

Translation of Don Carlos, first performed with unauthorised amendments and cuts.

Italian première of this version took place on 4 Jun 1867 at the Teatro Comunale, Bologna.

22a La forza del destino
  • Francesco Maria Piave
  • Antonio Ghislanzoni
4 Italian La Scala, Milan

27 Feb 1869

Revised version, with text added by Ghislanzoni.
24 Aida
  • Antonio Ghislanzoni
4 Italian Khedivia, Cairo

24 Dec 1871

15b Don Carlo
  • Joseph Méry
  • Camille du Locle
  • Achille de Lauzières
  • Antonio Ghislanzoni
5 Italian San Carlo, Naples

Nov / Dec 1872

Revised version, with text added by Ghislanzoni.
20a Simon Boccanegra
  • Francesco Maria Piave
  • Arrigo Boito
3 Italian Teatro alla Scala, Milan

24 Mar 1881

Revised version, with text changed and added by Boito.

Act 1 Council Chamber finale added in this version.

23b Don Carlo
  • Joseph Méry
  • Camille du Locle
  • Charles-Louis-Étienne Nuitter
  • Achille de Lauzières
  • Angelo Zanardini [it]
4 Italian La Scala, Milan

10 Jan 1884

Second revised version, omitting Act 1 and the ballet.

Initial revisions in French (from Don Carlos) by du Locle and Nuittier (working with Verdi).

First performed in an Italian translation by Zanardini (incorporating previous work of de Lauzières).

23c Don Carlo
  • Joseph Méry
  • Camille du Locle
  • Charles-Louis-Étienne Nuitter
  • Achille de Lauzières
  • Angelo Zanardini
5 Italian Teatro Municipale, Modena

29 Dec 1886

Third revised version, restoring Act 1.
25 Otello
  • Arrigo Boito
4 Italian La Scala, Milan

5 Feb 1887

26 Falstaff
  • Arrigo Boito
3 Italian La Scala, Milan

9 Feb 1893

Incomplete projects[edit]

  • Re Lear (King Lear), 1856. Librettist Antonio Somma worked with Verdi on completing a libretto for an opera based on Shakespeare's King Lear. This libretto was based on an incomplete one written by librettist Salvatore Cammarano before he died in 1852. It was never set to music.

Songs[edit]

  1. Non t'accostar all'urna (Jacopo Vittorelli)
  2. More, Elisa, lo stanco poeta (Tommaso Bianchi)
  3. In solitaria stanza (Jacopo Vittorelli)
  4. Nell'orror di notte oscura (Carlo Angiolini)
  5. Perduta ho la pace (trans. by Luigi Balestra from Goethe's Faust)
  6. Deh, pietoso, o addolorata (trans. by Luigi Balestra from Goethe's Faust)
  • L'esule (1839) (Temistocle Solera)
  • La seduzione (1839) (Luigi Balestra)
  • Guarda che bianca luna: notturno (1839) (Jacopo Vittorelli) for soprano, tenor, bass and flute obbligato
  • Album di Sei Romanze (1845)
  1. Il tramonto (Andrea Maffei)
  2. La zingara (S. Manfredo Maggioni)
  3. Ad una stella (Maffei)
  4. Lo Spazzacamino (Felice Romani)
  5. Il Mistero (Felice Romani)
  6. Brindisi (Maffei)
  • Il poveretto (1847) (Maggioni)
  • L'Abandonée (1849) (Escudier)
  • Stornello (1869) (anon.)
  • Pietà Signor (1894) (Verdi and Boito)

Sacred works[edit]

  1. Ave Maria (1889): for mixed solo voices
  2. Stabat Mater (1897): for mixed chorus and orchestra
  3. Laudi alla Vergine Maria (1888): for female voices
  4. Te Deum (1896): for double chorus and orchestra

Other sacred works[edit]

  • Tantum ergo in G major (1836)
  • Tantum ergo in F major
  • Messa in E-flat major
  • Laudate pueri in D major
  • Qui tollis in F major

Other vocal works (secular)[edit]

Instrumental, orchestral, chamber works[edit]

Piano

  • Romanza senza parole (written 1844, published 1865)
  • Valzer (written by Verdi for piano, but not published until 1963 when Nino Rota adapted it for orchestra in his score for Luchino Visconti's film The Leopard)

Orchestral

  • Sinfonia in B-flat major
  • Sinfonia in C major
  • Sinfonia del M. Verdi in D major
  • with Giacomo Mori, Canto di Virginia Con Variazioni per Oboe Composte con accomp.to d'Orchestra quintetto

Chamber

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ Budden, Vol. 2, p.369
  2. ^ a b Pitou, p. 1333
  3. ^ Budden, Vol. 2, p. 107

Sources

  • Budden, Julian (1984), The Operas of Verdi, Vol. 2. London: Cassell, Ltd., 1984, pp. 360–423 ISBN 0-304-31059-X
  • Budden, Julian (1984), The Operas of Verdi, Vol. 3: From Don Carlos to Falstaff. London: Cassell. ISBN 0-304-30740-8.
  • Pitou, Spire (1990). The Paris Opéra: An Encyclopedia of Operas, Ballets, Composers, and Performers. Growth and Grandeur, 1815–1914. New York: Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-26218-0.
  • Walker, Frank, The Man Verdi, New York: Knopf, 1962; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982 ISBN 0-226-87132-0
  • Rizzo, Dino, Verdi filarmonico e Maestro dei filarmonici bussetani, Parma, Istituto nazionale di Studi verdiani, 2005, Premio Rotary Club "Giuseppe Verdi" - 6. ISBN 88-85065-26-0