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"A stubborn, determined man of tremendous integrity, Verdi imitated no-one, especially Germans. He believed that each country had its own traditions. When German conductor Hans von Bülow, the champion of Wagner and Brahms who at first had dismissed Verdi's Requiem, wrote a contrite letter to the old maestro declaring, "Now I admire and adore you!" Verdi responded graciously and added a credo at once nationalistic and universal: "I see that truly superior artists judge without preconception as to school, nationality, period. If the artists of the North and the South have different tendencies, it is well that they should be different! Everyone ought to keep the characteristics inherent in their nation, as Wagner said so very aptly. Well for you, who are still sons of Bach! And we? We too, sons of Palestrina."
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