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by feuerzauber
Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Deathridge Chapters Five through Eight
Replies: 10
Views: 13275

Re: Deathridge Chapters Five through Eight

Minor Comment on Ernest Newman I recall that Ernest Newman was fond of denigrating the drama in Wagner's music-dramas in favor of Newman's notion that they are best appreciated as magnificent tone poems. I find it highly improbable that Ernest Newman ever denigrated the drama in Wagner's music-dram...
by feuerzauber
Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Director Chosen For The Bayreuth Bicentennial _Ring_
Replies: 11
Views: 14077

Re: Director Chosen For The Bayreuth Bicentennial _Ring_

And the clarity of the singing, even enhanced when the singers occupy the dramatic front third of the extra-deep Bayreuth stage, where the acoustics (I can't fathom how this happens) seem to channel their voices with natural amplification way out into the audience. I imagine what's going in is that...
by feuerzauber
Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Director Chosen For The Bayreuth Bicentennial _Ring_
Replies: 11
Views: 14077

Re: Director Chosen For The Bayreuth Bicentennial _Ring_

The Bayreuth Experience . I have known Wagner's works most of my life — since I was 18 — but (strange to say) I had yet to experience live Lohengrin , Tristan and Parsifal . Bayreuth was always going to be special. We arrived at Weimar — artistic soul of Germany — 30 hours after leaving home (Melbo...
by feuerzauber
Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Book Review — Five Lessons on Wagner by Alain Badiou
Replies: 5
Views: 9914

Re: Book Review — Five Lessons on Wagner by Alain Badiou

I'm pleased that the Wagner books arrived like puppies to a good home. I found Badiou improved on second reading, and I'm rather thrilled that you find him interesting. As you can tell, the first Lesson left me in a troubled state like Hans Sachs in Meistersinger — although I won't pursue that analo...
by feuerzauber
Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Did Wagner intuit concepts in modern physics?
Replies: 12
Views: 23566

Re: Did Wagner intuit concepts in modern physics?

Parzival wrote: [Thomas Kuhn] regards the history of ideas and science as a dialectal historical process of shifting paradigms; there is no metaphysical significance behind this at all. Correct. Thomas Kuhn freely investigated scientific practice, unencumbered by explicit metaphysics. Kuhn brought o...
by feuerzauber
Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Did Wagner intuit concepts in modern physics?
Replies: 12
Views: 23566

Re: Did Wagner intuit concepts in modern physics?

Schopenhauer (and Wagner, I believe) articulate that change of cognizant forms is inevitable, but reject the notion of historical "progress," a revolution of human understanding, as a result of that process. In other words, light simply enters through a different window, illuminating the same etern...
by feuerzauber
Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Did Wagner intuit concepts in modern physics?
Replies: 12
Views: 23566

Re: Did Wagner intuit concepts in modern physics?

I forgot Beckmesser.
The "love triangle" is a quadrilateral whose fourth side (to borrow Sachs's words) "is measureless to my mind".
by feuerzauber
Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Did Wagner intuit concepts in modern physics?
Replies: 12
Views: 23566

Re: Did Wagner intuit concepts in modern physics?

I think the Kuhnian interpretation of Sachs [doesn't] necessarily render the Schopenhauerian aspects obsolete. I'm not sure how one can extricate Sachs from the metaphysical system in which he is so carefully placed. My narrower point is that, when Wagner comes to handling something as close to him...
by feuerzauber
Sun Aug 07, 2011 11:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Did Wagner intuit concepts in modern physics?
Replies: 12
Views: 23566

Re: Did Wagner intuit concepts in modern physics?

Hans Sachs's Kuhnian Crisis Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger has a higher claim to "anticipating" an aspect of modern physics than Gurnemanz in Parsifal . Hans undergoes a crisis of confidence in his art that is recognisable to physicists. Philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn (far too modestly) confes...
by feuerzauber
Thu Aug 04, 2011 3:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Book Review — Five Lessons on Wagner by Alain Badiou
Replies: 5
Views: 9914

Book Review — Five Lessons on Wagner by Alain Badiou

Key. Synopsis — blue Commentary — black Five Lessons on Wagner Alain Badiou Preface Young Alain with father (Mayor of Toulouse) attends the 1952 Bayreuth Ring , smuggles Parsifal as topic into a final exam paper on 'What is Genius', and surveys his father's sponsored Tristan from the Mayoral box in ...