Verdi and/or Wagner: Two Men, Two Worlds, Two Centuries

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u201COffers beautifully written considerations of the mastersu2019 affinities and divergences and much else besides.u201D u2015Operavore

This is the first book to compare these two composers and cultural heroes, both of whom were born in 1813 and achieved huge national and international renown in their lifetimes. Yet not only did they never meet, but the differences between themu2015in music, culture, environment, significance, and legacyu2015were profound.

xA0Peter Conrad begins his tale in a public park in Venice, home to a pair of statues of the composers that are positioned so as to appear to shun each other. This provides a fitting starting point for his argument that they represent two opposite yet equally integral and compelling dimensions of European culture: north versus south, cerebral versus sensual, proud solitude versus human connection, epic mythmaking versus humane magnanimity.

The book is a richly argued tour de force that engages passionately and profoundly with music, biography, history, politics, philosophy, psychology, and culture in the broadest sense. As Conrad concludes, u201CAt one time or another, if not simultaneously, we still need the two contradictory, complementary kinds of music that Verdi and Wagner left us.u201D
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