Roman and Campisi pictured together in the retirement home.
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Piano music resonates down the corridors of the sumptuous Milan palazzo, while a singer performs in the vast main room for dozens of pensioners, who were once professional musicians themselves.With around 60 residents who have all dedicated their lives to music, the sound of music in one form or another is everywhere.Romanian-born musicologist Bissy Roman, 94, is also happy to be in a place where residents can play music themselves, enjoy listening to others play it and are surrounded by fellow musicians.The neoclassical palazzo, designed by Camillo Boito, the brother of one of Verdi's favorite libretto writers, was built to allow impoverished musicians to live out their days in dignity.According to his own wishes, the Casa Verdi only opened in 1902, a year after the composer died aged 87 .Nevertheless, passions can run high at times among the group of musicians.
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