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A Symphonic Journey: Italy’s Celebratory Aria

A Symphonic Journey: Italy’s Celebratory Aria

Our next piece is from Italy, and it evokes the struggles of the Italian-speaking states as they set their sights on independence. For Italian nationalists, Romantic music served as a bugle call on the battlefield, and their favorite music was opera. They'd stand on their seats and together they'd sing the dramatic Verdi arias, as if raising their voices in unison for Italian statehood. It's from the Verdi opera \"Aida.\" While it's set in ancient Egypt, when you listen to it, the pharaoh could almost be a stand-in for the triumphant king of a newly united Italy.

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