Transcribed for symphonic band by Lucien Cailliet
Verdi began his musical studies at an early age and had already become the village organist by the time he was nine. He went on to become one of Italy's most revered composers, carrying on that nation’s long operatic tradition and producing 26 operas. An ardent patriot and nationalist, Verdi combined primitive, earthy, elemental emotional force with directness, clarity, and fundamental simplicity of utterance in his works.
Nabucco is an opera in four acts, depicting love and conflict among the ancient Hebrews and the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar. First performed at La Scala in Milan on March 9, 1842, its success placed Verdi in the company of operatic masters Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti. While it is considered the best of his very early works, the opera is seldom performed today, having been over-shadowed by his later masterpieces such as Aida, Rigoletto, and La Traviata. --James Huff 19:30, 28 November 2008 (UTC) (from the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)