Happy birthday, Giuseppe Verdi!
Viva V.E.R.D.I – “Viva Vittorio Emanuele Re D'Italia!” was the rallying cry of the Italian “Risorgimento,” (“Resurgence” or “Rising Again”) the 19th century movement for Italian unification that culminated in the establishment of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861 and Victor Emanuele II as king of Italy.
How does the great operatic genius Giuseppe Verdi, born on Oct. 19, 1813, fit in to this? A number of Italian opera composers were slyly inserting plot elements into their works that resonated with the “Risorgimenti.” But, it was Verdi who was their best ally.
It wasn’t much of a stretch for Italians, whose country had been taken over by Austria, to connect with the words of “Va Pensiero,” especially with lines such as “O my country, so lovely and so lost.”
Spreading throughout Italy, the slogan “Viva VERDI” expressed the people’s love for their favorite composer, Giuseppe Verdi, but it also had the secret meaning of “Viva Victor Emanuele, King of Italy.” Even today, the chorus “Va Pensiero” is considered the unofficial national anthem of Italy.
This month’s classical composer profile was written by Peter Hall, Classical 94.5 WNED program host.
WBFO-FM 88.7 is introducing a new regular segment to its morning news lineup during the Bills season. “Beyond the Playbook” will provide insightful and lively commentary on the Buffalo Bills. WBFO morning host Jay Moran and commentator Matt Sabuda will chat twice a week about a broader team perspective, highlighting trends and developments with the Bills on and off the field.
“We know that Buffalo is a die-hard sports town and many of our regular listeners are avid Bills fans,” said WNED ǀ WBFO president and CEO Donald K. Boswell. “This new segment will allow our listeners to keep up with the Bills while enjoying the in-depth news programming that WBFO and NPR offers in the morning.”
The new segment will premiere on Monday, September 8 and will be heard each Monday and Friday mornings at 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. during “Morning Edition.”
Matt Sabuda is a life-long Bills fan and season ticket-holder who is a founding director of the Buffalo Fan Alliance. He is frequently interviewed by local radio and television stations and has contributed perspectives on football to numerous publications. He previously worked in media relations for the Buffalo Bills. The Elmwood Village resident attended New York University and has a communications degree from Canisius College.
Jay Moran is also a life-long Bills fan and season ticket-holder whose radio career in the Buffalo region spans three decades.
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