A composer through his materials.

The Man Beyond the Melody

November 14, 2013
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.