When the chorus sang ‘Oh mia patria sì bella e perduta!’—'Oh, my country so beautiful and lost!'—I thought to myself that, if we slay the culture on which the history of Italy is founded, truly our country will be beautiful and lost.
Did you know?
The chorus originated from Greek tragedy. In the 5th century BCE, the ‘chorus’ was becoming a major part of theatrical performance. Actors in masks would sing or comment in unison to narrate the main action of the play, accompanied by the sounds of percussion and the aulos, an ancient wind instrument.