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Beniamino Gigli - A Life in Words and Music

Audio Samples

>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda
>     Cielo e mar (is preceded by a brief spoken excerpt of Gigli's memoirs)
>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>     A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>     O soave fanciulla
>     Che gelida manina
>     O soave fanciulla
>Donizetti, Gaetano : La Favorita
>     Spirto gentil
>Cannio, Enrico : O surdato 'nnammurato
>Mascagni, Pietro : Lodoletta
>     Ah! ritrovarla nella sua capanna
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>     E lucevan le stelle
>     Recondita armonia
>     E lucevan le stelle
>Mascagni, Pietro : Iris
>     Apri la tua finestra!
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>     Mamma, quel vino è generoso
>     Mamma, quel vino è generoso
>Boito, Arrigo : Mefistofele
>     Giunto sul passo estremo
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia di Lammermoor
>     Tombe degl'avi miei
>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chenier
>     Un dì all'azzurro spazio'
>     Un dì all'azzurro spazio
>     Come un bel dì di maggio
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>     De'miei bollenti spiriti
>Lalo, Edouard : Le Roi d'Ys
>     Vainement, ma bien aimée
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>     O dolce incanto
>Catalani, Alfredo : Loreley
>     Nel verde maggio
>Gounod, Charles : Romeo et Juliette
>     Ah! ne fuis pas encore!
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Die Afrikanerin
>     O paradiso
>     O paradiso (ending)
>Sullivan, Arthur : The Lost Chord
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera
>     Quanto è bella
>Flotow, Friedrich v. : Martha, opera
>     M'apparì (Ach! So fromm)
>Gigli, Beniamino : Gigli in an interview at the Savoy Hotel, London (Speech)
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera
>     No, Pagliaccio non son!
>     Suvvia, così terribile
>Curtis, Ernesto de : Non ti scordar di me
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
>     Ingemisco
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>     Closing moments of Act 1
>Word, Spoken : Introductory speech to Cavalleria rusticana by Mascagni (1940)
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera
>     Teco io sto - Gran Dio
>     Non sai tu che se l'anima mia
>     Oh, qual soave brivido
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>     Celeste Aida
>     Per ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida
>Gigli, Beniamino : Speech given by Gigli after a concert at the Royal Albert Hall
>Veroli, Manlio di : Ritorna Amore
>Cottrau, Teodoro : Santa Lucia

Album Summary

>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda
>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Donizetti, Gaetano : La Favorita
>Cannio, Enrico : O surdato 'nnammurato
>Mascagni, Pietro : Lodoletta
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Mascagni, Pietro : Iris
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>Boito, Arrigo : Mefistofele
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia di Lammermoor
>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chenier
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Lalo, Edouard : Le Roi d'Ys
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>Catalani, Alfredo : Loreley
>Gounod, Charles : Romeo et Juliette
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Die Afrikanerin
>Sullivan, Arthur : The Lost Chord
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera
>Flotow, Friedrich v. : Martha, opera
>Gigli, Beniamino : Gigli in an interview at the Savoy Hotel, London (Speech)
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera
>Curtis, Ernesto de : Non ti scordar di me
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Word, Spoken : Introductory speech to Cavalleria rusticana by Mascagni (1940)
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Gigli, Beniamino : Speech given by Gigli after a concert at the Royal Albert Hall
>Veroli, Manlio di : Ritorna Amore
>Cottrau, Teodoro : Santa Lucia
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Notes & Reviews:

Gigli was born to sing, and he used records, broadcasts and film to promote his music and career way beyond the confines of the opera house or concert hall. A country boy who made himself rich and famous, Gigli was a tenor in demand by the public, but also counted kings, princes, even Hitler and Musslini, as ardent fans.



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>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda :: Cielo e mar (is preceded by a brief spoken excerpt of Gigli's memoirs)
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1876

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Notes: Motivation Sound Studios, London, England (03/18/1951-03/21/1951)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: O soave fanciulla
  • Performers: Maria Zamboni (Soprano); Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La Favorita :: Spirto gentil
  • Performers: Maria Zamboni (Soprano); Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.

>Cannio, Enrico : O surdato 'nnammurato
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.

>Mascagni, Pietro : Lodoletta :: Ah! ritrovarla nella sua capanna
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: E lucevan le stelle
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.

>Mascagni, Pietro : Iris :: Apri la tua finestra!
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Notes: Composition written: Japan.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Mamma, quel vino è generoso
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.

>Boito, Arrigo : Mefistofele :: Giunto sul passo estremo
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1868-75.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1868-1875

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia di Lammermoor :: Tombe degl'avi miei
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1835

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.

>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chénier :: Un dì all'azzurro spazio'
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1896.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: De'miei bollenti spiriti
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.

>Lalo, Edouard : Le Roi d'Ys :: Vainement, ma bien aimée
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1875-88.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1875-1888

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Notes: Motivation Sound Studios, London, England (12/22/1950-12/23/1950)

>Massenet, Jules : Manon :: O dolce incanto
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1882-1883

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples

>Catalani, Alfredo : Loreley :: Nel verde maggio
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1888

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.

>Gounod, Charles : Roméo et Juliette :: Ah! ne fuis pas encore!
  • Performers: Beniamino Gigli; Lucrezia Bori (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1865-71.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1865-1871

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Notes: Motivation Sound Studios, London, England (03/21/1994-03/23/1994)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Die Afrikanerin :: O paradiso
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1864.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.

>Sullivan, Arthur : The Lost Chord
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 01/13/1877

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.

>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera :: Quanto è bella
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.

>Flotow, Friedrich v. : Martha, opera :: M'apparì (Ach! So fromm)
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.

>Gigli, Beniamino : Gigli in an interview at the Savoy Hotel, London (Speech)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera :: No, Pagliaccio non son!
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera :: Suvvia, così terribile
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.

>Curtis, Ernesto de : Non ti scordar di me
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1935

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Che gelida manina
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: O soave fanciulla
  • Performers: Licia Albanese (Soprano); Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Recondita armonia
  • Performers: Beniamino Gigli; Giulio Tomei (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: E lucevan le stelle
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass :: Ingemisco
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Closing moments of Act 1
  • Performers: Toti Monte (Voice); Beniamino Gigli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.

>Word, Spoken : Introductory speech to Cavalleria rusticana by Mascagni (1940)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1940

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Mamma, quel vino è generoso
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.

>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chénier :: Un dì all'azzurro spazio
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1896.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples

>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chénier :: Come un bel dì di maggio
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1896.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera :: Teco io sto - Gran Dio
  • Performers: Beniamino Gigli; Maria Caniglia (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera :: Non sai tu che se l'anima mia
  • Performers: Beniamino Gigli; Maria Caniglia (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera :: Oh, qual soave brivido
  • Performers: Maria Caniglia (Soprano); Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 6 min. 32 sec.

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Celeste Aida
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Per ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.

>Gigli, Beniamino : Speech given by Gigli after a concert at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.

>Veroli, Manlio di : Ritorna Amore
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.

>Cottrau, Teodoro : Santa Lucia
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1860

>Kay, Graeme : Beniamino Gigli :: A Life In Words & Music, narrative with musical examples
  • Running Time: 9 min. 4 sec.

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Die Afrikanerin :: O paradiso (ending)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1864.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864