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Verdi and/or Wagner: Two Men, Two Worlds, Two Centuries (Book)

Item# 1000008515


Verdi and/or Wagner: Two Men, Two Worlds, Two Centuries (Book)
By Peter Conrad

This book by Peter Conrad compares Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, two composers and cultural heroes, both of whom were born in 1813 and achieved huge acclaim in their lifetimes. Their similarities end there, as the differences between them were profound, from their music to their legacy. Conrad presents an argument that they represent two opposite yet equally integral dimensions of European culture: cerebral versus sensual, solitude versus human connection, epic mythmaking versus generosity and nobility.

Conrad concludes, “At one time or another, if not simultaneously, we still need the two contradictory, complementary kinds of music that Verdi and Wagner left us.”

“Epic in scope…An intriguing…study in contrasts. For opera buffs, cultural critics, and fans.” - Library Journal

  • Paperback: 3844 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (April 22, 2014)
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.7 x 1.5 inches
     

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