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09/16/2019

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This post made me think of a piece at First Things you might like to read: "Wagner’s Incestuous Narcissism"

I think I've seen that before. Maybe somebody posted it in one of the previous Wagner discussions. Anyway, I don't think he's wrong, but I don't think he's completely right, either. In a nutshell, I think he understates the extent to which these disordered loves are a source of disaster.

Just reading this makes we want to listen to The Ring again! I haven't heard it in a few years. Musically, it is awesome. Dramatically, I admit I'm not so sure.

I tend to get a little impatient with those who disapprove of Wagner on philosophical grounds, because the interpretation of the Ring has never seemed straightforward to me, and because I think the music is the main thing. But (I say to myself) Wagner himself was trying to make an integrated work of art, and probably wouldn't approve of my playing down the meaning of his drama. So I'm still trying to figure out what I think of it.

Another handicap is that, should I ever have time to listen to a Wagner opera, I feel much more inclined to "Tristan" or "Parsifal"!

I haven't heard Parsifal yet but I'm looking forward to it. Not till after the Ring though. I only recently heard Tristan for the first time, and I thought it was pretty great. Though it too is pretty unhealthy in some ways.

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