A composer through his materials.

The Man Beyond the Melody

November 14, 2013 • 0
Popular culture has immortalized Verdi’s work into cliché musical phrases that almost everyone can hum, but which no one knows by name. “La donna è mobile” from Rigoletto has appeared in a commercial for Axe body spray, and “Libiamo ne’lieti calici” in a Doritos ad. Most people know that elephants and horses come on stage in the “Grand March” from Aida, but coudn’t place the details of the plot.