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The 5,000 unpublished musical drafts will allow to know about Giuseppe Verdi

Rome / The more than 5,000 unpublished musical drafts by the composer Giuseppe Verdi, who wanted to burn them, came to light in Parma. It will allow to know more in depth one of the most important composers in the history of music.

It’s a trunk that has been hidden for over a century and it contains several folders with 5,434 pages of drafts, letters and notes, all them handwriting by the Italian composer.

Among the papers, it is also written the will of Verdi (1813-1901) that all these documents were burned after his death, a desire that, however, will no longer be fulfilled.

The National Institute of Verdian Studies presented in Parma (north) an analytical description of this fund of musical drafts included in the yearbook that this institution publishes every year.

“The trunk contains all the pages that allow us to know Verdi’s creative cuisine,” Sandro Cappelletto, director of the “Studi verdiani” yearbook, told EFE.

There is still no official date for the file of the most illustrious Italian composer to be public, since at the moment what is presented is the description of what the trunk contains.

However, Cappelletto is confident that “by the end of this year” it will be fully available to scholars.

The documents of the trunk, explained the director of the yearbook, cover “all his compositions, practically to the end”, including the opera “Luisa Miller” and all his great masterpieces, such as “La Traviatta”, “Rigoletto”, “Aida” or “Don Carlo”.

This unpublished archive reveals numerous “compositional secrets” of Verdi, among them the changes and doubts in the elaboration of the musical part of the “Credo” of Jago in “Otello” or a version of the Fugue of “Falstraff” different from the one that listen normally.

Also noteworthy are the modifications he made in “A dance of masks”, changing the original term from “sweetness” to “grandeur” or “splendour” to “paleness”.

Until now the trunk was kept at Villa Verdi of Sant’Agata, the composer’s residence, in Villanova sull’Arda (north) and the family was opposed to free consultation of the documents.

The cultural sector demanded that the archive be public and finally the Ministry of Culture enforced the Italian Constitution, which obliges to verify the conservation and care of the archived property, even if they are private.

Cappelletto celebrated the documents were not burned and put in value the finding, which will serve to “know the core of Verdi’s ideas” and to understand “how he has come to create his compositions”.

“As has already happened with other composers, we will finally enter into the mind of Verdi the creator,” he concluded. (February 3, 2019,EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
En el texto se dice que...  
A
será publicada una ópera inédita de Verdi.
B
miles de escritos y documentos de Verdi fueron guardados en un baúl.
C
miles de manuscritos de Verdi ya pueden ser consultados por Internet.
Question 2
Según el texto, entre esos bocetos musicales...  
A
también se encuentran los de las óperas más célebres de Verdi.
B
no hay ninguno que fuera escrito por el propio Verdi.
C
no hay ninguno de ninguna ópera famosa de Verdi.
Question 3
Sobre esos bocetos, se dice que Verdi...
A
quiso que fueran destruidos tras su muerte.
B
quiso que fueran publicados tras su muerte.
C
jamás quiso que fueran destruidos tras su muerte.
Question 4
Según el texto, los expertos...
A
descartan que esos bocetos puedan interesar a los estudiosos.
B
no creen que haya gente interesada en saber cómo componía Verdi.
C
valoran mucho esos bocetos para comprender mejor cómo componía Verdi.
Question 5
Verdi realizó algunos cambios en algunas de sus óperas.  
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No se sabe.
B
Así es.
C
Para nada.
Question 6
En el vídeo se habla de...  
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las óperas más famosas de Verdi.
B
una ópera que fue representada en en Málaga.
C
la representación de una ópera de Verdi.
Question 7
En el vídeo se dice que "La Traviatta" ...  
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está basada en una obra de Alejandro Dumas.
B
está basada en un hecho ocurrido en la Edad Media.
C
inspiró a Alejandro Dumas.
Question 8
Según el vídeo,  en "La Traviatta"...  
A
no se cuenta una historia de amor.
B
hay amor y drama.
C
no ocurre nada trágico.
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