Born to an innkeeper father Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi and a spinner mother Luigia Uttini on 9th October 1813 or thereabouts in Parma, Italy, Giuseppe Verdi grew up to become one of the most talented composers of the opera in his time and of all time due to his love for the idea of Italian unification. Interestingly, his music reflected political undertones. He provided soundtracks that had acted as quasi-anthems for his country that was unified later in the 19th century, a factor that some pundits believe made Verdi a politician, a potential explanation to the quarter of a million people who thronged the streets of Va when he died in 1901.