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A British Wagnerian from the 19th Century

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I recently tripped upon the name Edward Dannreuther in the context of the establishment of the London Wagner Society. Upon further digging, I learned of his short treatise, Richard Wagner: His Tendencies and Theories (1873), and the good fortune of Cornell University’s rendering it into a digital, and eventually physically reprinted, format.  It is well worth the short time it takes to read...

Leipzig and Wagner’s “Long Arc”

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So many aspects of the Wagner festival in Leipzig were gratifying that it is difficult to report on them all.  The production level of all 13 performances was very high.  The music-making by the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester was consistently brilliant.  The city of Leipzig is very attractive and of heightened interest to music lovers – we had the opportunity to hear the Mass in B minor in one of...

Leipzig Notes

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Miscellaneous Notes: Ironically for a festival of all of Wagner’s works, no production in Leipzig featured a Wagner Curtain.  Three types of front curtain were used: a traverse curtain (parting in the middle and pulled along a track to the sides of the stage, first revealing the center of the stage set), a drop curtain (pulled upward as a whole and first revealing the bottom of the stage set)...

Parsifal in Leipzig

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A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. John 13:34 The July 14, 2022 performance of Parsifal marked not only the end of the mammoth Oper Leipzig Wagner 22 Festival, during which every stage work written by Wagner was performed in chronological order of composition; it also marked the end of Ulf Shirmer’s tenure as General...

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