Art 2013 on new Serbian stamps

February 18th, 2013

Serbian post issued a set of three stamps dedicated to arts and commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Oskar Danon, 200th anniversary of the birth of Wilhelm Richard Wagner and 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi.

Oscar Danon was a Serbian and Yugoslav conductor and composer, a member of Academy of Science and Arts of Bosnia & Herzegovina. He was the first director of Opera and Ballet of the Belgrade National Theatre after the World War II, and then their Artistic Director and a permanent visiting conductor. Oscar Danon was a chief conductor of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra in Ljubljana and Symphony Orchestra of Radio Zagreb; as well as a full-time professor at the Belgrade Music Academy.

Wilhelm Richard Wagner (1813 –1883) was a German composer, poet, essayist and music theorist. He was a crucial personality in the history of music. As one of the greatest creators of operas, he laid the foundations of 20th century classical music. Wagner is considered by many the greatest composer of opera ("Der Fliegende Hollander", "Tannhauser, Lohengrin"; master pieces: "Tristan und Isolde", "Der Ring des Nibelungen", "Die Meistersinger von Numberg", "Das Rheingold", "Die Walkure", "Siegfried", "Gotterdammerung", "Parsifal"). He also wrote a symphony in C major and E major, concert overtures ("Polonia", "Rule Britannia", "Faust" - overture in D minor, piano sonata in B flat major, A flat major and As major, "American Centennial March", "Imperial March".

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901) is the greatest composer of the mature Italian bel canto. He wrote many operas which made his name successful, first in Italy, and then in the world. Verdi also wrote two sacral works – "Requiem", 1874, in memory of Alexander Manzoni and the work "Four Sacred Pieces", 1898, which consists of Ave Maria, Stabat Mater, Te Deum and Laudi alla Vergine from Dante’s Paradise. Verdi’s operas are: "Un giorno di regno", "Nabucco", "I Lombardi alla prima crociata", "Ernani", "I due Foscari", "Giovanna d’Arco", "Alzira", "Attila", "Macbeth", "I masnadieri", "Il corsaro", "La battaglia di Legnano", "Luisa Miller", "Stiffelio", "Rigoletto", "Il trovatore", "La traviata", "Les vepres siciliennes", "Simon Boccanegra", "Un ballo in maschera", "La forza del destino", "Don Carlos", "Aida", "Otello", "Falstaff".

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