Musicians are very ardent and headstrong when it comes to their opinions on the works of others. Hans von Bülow, conductor, pianist and composer, and privately Richard Wagner’s father-in-law, called Verdi’s Messa da Requiem “an opera in ecclesiastical robes” and accused the author of completely corrupting the Italian artistic taste. Brahms, on the other hand, believed Verdi’s composition to be a work of genius. In this juxtaposition of extreme opinions we can only turn to the men of letters and trust George Bernard Shaw, both dramatist and music critic, who was so great an admirer of Verdi’s creative work that he requested fragment of Verdi’s Requiem to be played at his funeral – and it was.
A great recommendation for those who are tired with discussions about which one is more important: music or theatre; after all, both fields of art are equally important.