Watching the Jackson memorial…

Giuseppe Verdi wanted a modest funeral, a last request from a remarkably modest man. When he died in January 1901 his body was first temporarily interred, awaiting reburial in a crypt at the retirement home for old opera singers which Verdi had endowed with his great pots of money (he was a 19th-century superstar, who had two of his most stunning successes with operas written at the very end of his long life). When his body was reburied about a month later, modesty was thrown aside. It was a state occasion and it is said that some 300,000 people turned out. Toscanini conducted the music. And it remains, according to some sources, the largest public gathering in Italy. If Youtube can be trusted, this is what it looked like. The sound, obviously, is a modern addition.

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