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Composer Cagematch!: Monteverdi vs. Just Verdi

Thanks to everyone who weighed in on the Composer Cagematch! Seems to me that we can all carry on as before — but do keep in mind that I welcome comments and constructive criticism always, so feel free to let me know what you think, even if I haven’t asked. Maybe especially then.

Additional thanks to Mahler for not wiping the floor too hard with Wagner. You pile on too much Wagner, the floor gets slippery. Guess my dad never voted.

This round of Composer Cagematch! was suggested by the super cool and very hip Chris McGovern. And thank God he did, because I couldn’t settle on an Italian match up for the life of me. I very nearly tossed in every Italian opera composer I could find in together and let them sort it out, but luckily a cooler head prevailed. Plus, all complaints may now be directed to him!

And so in this corner — don’t look back at him or you’ll turn into a pillar of salt!* It’s


And in this corner — do they call it The Scottish Opera? It’s


One practically started opera. One continued opera as hard as he could. Falstaff. Macbeth. Aida. Or — The Coronation of Poppea. L’Orfeo. The Return of Ulysses. Good luck.

* Because of Orpheus, see, and… shut up.


About Jenn

Despite being the former digital marketing intern at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jenn German does not like Mozart. Beethoven could've totally beaten him up. Also she has an arts management graduate degree from American University, but this changes nothing.


12 thoughts on “Composer Cagematch!: Monteverdi vs. Just Verdi

  1. Very awesome and sweet words, Jenn! I don’t really think I’m much of a hipster, but thanks so much for the thoughts!

    As for the cagematch, I go with Verdi for the classics. I love that there was somebody like Monteverdi to lay the groundwork for the art-form, but being he’s from the renaissance period of music that pre-dates Bach, I would say there was much more time to come before we had music with more dramatic weight, and Verdi came at the right time for that.

    I don’t suppose it would be a good suggestion to say there should be a Bach vs Offenbach match-up? 🙂

    Posted by Chris McGovern | July 13, 2011, 11:41 am
    • Funny you should ask!

      BachAndByte: @aintbaroque Are we going to compare Bach & Offenbach, Berg & Schoenberg .. think there are more but mostly obscure?

      aintbaroque: @BachAndByte Haha, that would be fun! Kinda unfair for Offenbach, though. Unless we did WF or CPE. Or PDQ!

      Schoenberg and Berg, though — that just might be crazy enough to work.

      Posted by Jenn | July 13, 2011, 11:48 am
  2. Monty all the way! After a while, “Then the chick died, the end, roll credits” gets old. After a cartoon rabbit starts mocking your cliches, it’s time to try something different, and the easiest way to try something new is to try something very, very old. 🙂

    Posted by fireandair | July 18, 2011, 12:31 pm
  3. BTW, I know the wabbit mocked Wagner … but still. It’s the general principle of the thing. “Have you ever seen an opera with a happy ending?”

    Yes! Tons of them — all written before 1800. 🙂

    Posted by fireandair | July 18, 2011, 12:33 pm
  4. Well, Verdi DID do Falstaff, which didn’t end with a chick dying. 🙂

    Posted by Chris McGovern | July 18, 2011, 12:45 pm
  5. The Age of Awesome Facial Hair.

    You’ve been missed, Jenn. 😉

    Posted by Dr. Carney | July 20, 2011, 11:55 am


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