Italy commemorates 80 years since one of the worst massacres of World War II

Italy commemorates 80 years since one of the worst massacres of World War II

Rome Italy commemorated on Sunday the 80th anniversary of one of the most horrible massacres in the Second World War in the German-occupied country with solemn ceremonies and the performance of a symphony in honor of the dead.

Riccardo Muti conducted the Italian premiere of William Schuman’s Ninth Symphony, subtitled “Le Fosse Ardeatine,” which the Jewish composer born in NY wrote in 1968 after visiting the Ardeatine Trenches, in Rome.

There, 335 people were shot to death on March 24, 1944 in retaliation for a partisan attack that left 33 Nazi soldiers dead on a street in Rome.

In an interview before the concert, Muti said that Schuman was completely overwhelmed by the experience of visiting the graves and noted that now was a particularly appropriate time to finally bring the symphony to Italy.

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