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by feuerzauber
Mon Aug 01, 2011 2:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: thwarted love, and epistemology, re Alberich and the "Ring"
Replies: 5
Views: 9348

Re: thwarted love, and epistemology, re Alberich and the "Ri

Paul, I forgot to mention that Dreyfus's study deals extensively with Wagner's close personal/professional relationship (and its implication for his works) with favorite tenor: Schnorr von Carolsfeld. In addition, Dreyfus analyses the nature of Wagner's complex relationships with men and his handlin...
by feuerzauber
Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: thwarted love, and epistemology, re Alberich and the "Ring"
Replies: 5
Views: 9348

Re: thwarted love, and epistemology, re Alberich and the "Ri

On re-reading my post, I felt morally obliged to alert Laurence Dreyfus to it in case I had misrepresented him, also to acquaint him with wagnerheim and, at least, to offer him right of scholarly reply to my non-scholarly "contribution". On the contrary, he was tickled pink, ending his generous resp...
by feuerzauber
Sun Jul 31, 2011 7:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Director Chosen For The Bayreuth Bicentennial _Ring_
Replies: 11
Views: 14077

Re: Director Chosen For The Bayreuth Bicentennial _Ring_

It begins with giant wriggling tadpoles, you say. So it's the Ring we'll be seeing. Still safely at home, we saw Hamlet on stage last night. As always, the bard unlocks universal insight into life's mysteries: — Though this be madness, yet there's method in it. Hamlet's idiocy is feigned. The Direct...
by feuerzauber
Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Director Chosen For The Bayreuth Bicentennial _Ring_
Replies: 11
Views: 14077

Re: Director Chosen For The Bayreuth Bicentennial _Ring_

After hiding down a Wagnerian rabbit burrow for years, blissfully ignorant of the myxoma-toxic manifestations of European Regietheater, we obtained seats for this year's Bayreuth — our first in a lifetime of anticipation. Now, having just read ACD's alarming account http://www.soundsandfury.com/ of ...
by feuerzauber
Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: thwarted love, and epistemology, re Alberich and the "Ring"
Replies: 5
Views: 9348

Re: thwarted love, and epistemology, re Alberich and the "Ri

Your challenge languishes unanswered, doubtless because it delicately borders on a St Augustine/Rousseau confessional. Well, here's my response triggered by fortuitous happenings last week. Amid troubling times for bookstore chains, I managed to snap up at bargain basement prices three recent Wagner...
by feuerzauber
Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Director Chosen For The Bayreuth Bicentennial _Ring_
Replies: 11
Views: 14077

Re: Director Chosen For The Bayreuth Bicentennial _Ring_

Post-Kantian dualism — à la Schopenhauer, Wagner, Nietzsche — that explains the world as a composite of two incommensurable ultimates, yet manages to divine a privileged conduit for "tunnelling" between them (via Will, Sensual Love, Music, or whatever) is itself the perfect philosophical dual of pra...
by feuerzauber
Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can Wagner's music, drama, poetry, be judged separately?
Replies: 16
Views: 18099

Re: Can Wagner's music, drama, poetry, be judged sepatately?

Dear sir, It amuses me how perilously close you've approached my sensitive but forbidden G word, though I'm sorry to have to rebuff your impassioned advances. Your inflexible "whatever gives me pleasure" standard must forever diminish you in my eyes, and so preclude any desirable meeting of our aest...
by feuerzauber
Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can Wagner's music, drama, poetry, be judged separately?
Replies: 16
Views: 18099

Re: Can Wagner's music, drama, poetry, be judged sepatately?

No-one should accept on hearsay the authoritative pronouncement: "I'm told by well-educated native German speakers, that Wagner's poetry is execrable." Unless the well-educated nameless have studied his poetry-qua-poetry-in-context — for which evidence must be demanded — I treat such views as mere p...
by feuerzauber
Sun Jul 03, 2011 2:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can Wagner's music, drama, poetry, be judged separately?
Replies: 16
Views: 18099

Re: Can Wagner's music, drama, poetry, be judged sepatately?

And, please, let's here, here most especially, desist from this Gesamtkunstwerk fiction. Wagner soon abandoned that theoretical construct when he actually got to writing the music for his music-dramas realizing finally that whenever and wherever music is involved it's NEVER on an equal footing with...
by feuerzauber
Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can Wagner's music, drama, poetry, be judged separately?
Replies: 16
Views: 18099

Re: Can Wagner's music, drama, poetry, be judged sepatately?

Consider Dr Johnson's stinging lampoon on those who championed Shakespearean snippets over Shakespeare's works: [Shakespeare's] real power is not shown in the splendour of particular passages, but by the progress of his fable, and the tenour of his dialogue; and he that tries to recommend him by sel...