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The Wagner Blog is a forum for discussion of contemporary themes arising from the works of Richard Wagner. Discussions relating to Wagner’s musical, literary, theatrical, philosophical, political and theoretic work are all appropriate for this forum.

Roger Scruton’s Posthumous Volume on Parsifal

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The late philosopher Roger Scruton wrote two valuable studies of Wagner’s mature works:  Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde (2004) and The Ring of Truth: The Wisdom of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung (2016).  At the time of his death on January 12, 2020, Scruton had completed but not published his third and final Wagner study, Wagner’s...

Met Parsifal Soothes and Inspires

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The confluence of self-isolation, Lententimes, and personal habit found me in front of the TV yesterday to watch the Blue-Ray recording of the Metropolitan Opera’s current production of Parsifal, dating from 2013.  The conductor is Daniele Gatti, the stage director is François Girard, and the cast includes Jonas Kaufman, Peter Mattei, René Pape, Katrina Dalayman and Evgeny Nikitin. The...

Wagner’s Contributions to Theatre: “Curtain, Gong and Steam”

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Broad misunderstanding persists concerning Richard Wagner’s contributions to the theatre generally, and to theatrical production in particular.  Seen as he is primarily as a composer, Wagner’s theatrical insights have prompted only tangentially, and relatively recently, the scholarship it deserves. Popular appreciation of Wagner’s contributions to theatre is even less...

A Study of Form in Wagner’s Compositional Technique

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Most students of Wagner are aware of the work of Alfred Lorenz, who studiously (some might say tediously)  argued that Wagner’s compositional techniques were recognizably in bar (AAB) or bogen (ABA) form, albeit on a mammoth scale.  Many contemporary scholars consider Lorenz’ conclusions to be tortured.  This conclusion is sometimes placed in context with Lorenz’ participation...

McVicar’s Glyndebourne Meistersinger

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I treat myself pretty well when it comes to attending Wagner performances.  But in 2011, when I had a ticket to see Gerald Finley perform Hans Sachs at Glyndebourne, I just couldn’t afford the ticket, the flight over, the hotel, the time to do it, or even maybe the bananas and grapes during the interval.  So […]

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