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Verdi and/or Wagner By Peter Conrad

Verdi and/or Wagner

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Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, the two greatest operatic composers of their time, had everything and nothing in common. Their achievements were comparable, but their personalities, their approaches to music and drama, and their complex legacies made them incompatible. This book investigates their affinities and explains their mutual mistrust.

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Verdi and/or Wagner: Two Men, Two Worlds, Two Centuries by Peter Conrad

Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, the two greatest operatic composers of their time, had everything and nothing in common. Their achievements were comparable, but their personalities, their approaches to music and drama, and their complex legacies made them incompatible. Verdi thought of art as a comfort to mankind; it pleased Wagner to believe that the nervous intensity of his operas might drive listeners mad. Is it impossible - as Peter Conrad asks in this book, the first to investigate their affinities and explain their mutual mistrust - to love them both? These equally matched Titans offer us a choice between two kinds of art, two ways of life, two opposed philosophies of existence. During their lifetimes Verdi and Wagner helped to define the identity of their emerging nations; their music still dramatizes the light and dark sides of every human being's character and consciousness.

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Well-researched, immensely absorbing...adds captivating context.

About Peter Conrad


Peter Conrad taught English literature at Christ Church, Oxford, from 1973 to 2011. He has written more than twenty books, including How the World Was Won: The Americanization of Everywhere; Creation: Artists, Gods & Origins; At Home in Australia; and Modern Times, Modern Places: Life and Art in the Twentieth Century, all published by Thames & Hudson.

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GOR005989242
Verdi and/or Wagner: Two Men, Two Worlds, Two Centuries by Peter Conrad
Peter Conrad
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Thames & Hudson Ltd
2011-10-17
384
050051593X
9780500515938
N/A
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