A second edition of the book, entitled Verdi: Interviste e incontri, was published in Italy in 2000. It includes some recently discovered notes that Arrigo Boito took for a projected biography of Verdi. Conati believes that some of the notes were taken during Verdi’s lifetime, probably after the Falstaff premiere in 1893, and others after Verdi’s death.
I will return to these notes from time to time. For now, I offer you the closing paragraphs as redacted by Conati, in which Boito wrote of people whom Verdi admired and hated.
He admires with boundless enthusiasm the great men of action: Julius Cæsar, Trajan, Napoléon. Alert, courageous, vast minds who bring together genius of action and of leadership; men who dominate, even if they are sometimes scoundrels; creators of grandiose ideas accomplished swiftly and surely.
His adorations: Jesus, Dante, Shakespeare, Pythagoras, [nome ill.]—Tacitus
His admiration for Moses borders on consternation. His rogueries do not disturb the halo of his awesome and divine glory. But he also admires very pure men: Pythagoras above all.
Jesus he sets apart as a G-d, and Verdi’s soul vibrates with emotion before the wise sweetness of the Gospel: He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone; Render therefore unto Cæsar, etc. etc.
He hated and held in contempt lazy people.
I don’t know what “[nome ill.]” means (“illustrious name”?), or whether it refers to Pythagoras, Trajan, or someone else. In Conati’s book, there is no period following “Tacitus.”