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by alberich00
Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shapiro Consolations Critique Part 7
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Shapiro Consolations Critique Part 7

And in our final extract below, Wagner effectively explains why Wotan has left music, Bruennhilde, within the protective ring of Loge’s fire, the veil of Wahn produced through the cunning of man’s artistic imagination, to be woken solely by the music-dramatist Siegfried, in whom Wotan has found rebi...
by alberich00
Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shapiro Consolations Critique Part 8
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Shapiro Consolations Critique Part 8

[P. 40] "But in confronting Elsa’s jealousy, Wagner did not condemn it or explain it away as the byproduct of external evil forces; rather, he embraced it as an expression of her core humanity. And he wept at the realization. As Wagner admitted later in 'A Communication,' it was Elsa and her brush ...
by alberich00
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shapiro Consolations Critique Part 9
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Shapiro Consolations Critique Part 9

[P. 45] "But this faith, as we learn, is misplaced, and Siegfried emphatically fails to live up to the destiny envisioned for him. Having drunk Hagen’s potion, Siegfried forgets his loving bond with Bruennhilde and becomes not an instrument of Wotan’s cosmic plan, as Bruennhilde has come to expect,...
by alberich00
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shapiro Consolations Critique Part 10
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Shapiro Consolations Critique Part 10

[PH: Quotation from www.wagnerheim.com, Pages 314-315:] Siegmund’s highest need (“Noth”), is the need of love in a loveless world. This is represented musically on the one hand by the recurrence of #58b, to which Wotan had sung: “Thus I salute the fortress [Valhalla], (#58b) safe from dread and dism...
by alberich00
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shapiro Consolations Critique Part 11
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Shapiro Consolations Critique Part 11

[P. 63] "Nineteenth-century thinkers recognized that the human race could realize its destiny not in the span of an individual life but only through the accumulated wisdom of successive generations of man. (1) (...) Thus the philosopher interested in understanding and promoting the full inherent po...
by alberich00
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shapiro Consolations Critique Part 12
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Views: 1573

Shapiro Consolations Critique Part 12

And in the following passage Wagner quite specifically notes that Wotan’s self-destruction gives birth, through his “Will” Bruennhilde, to the redeemer Siegfried: “Wodan rises to the tragic heights of willing his own destruction. This is all that we need to learn from the history of mankind: to will...
by alberich00
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shapiro Consolations Critique Part 13
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Shapiro Consolations Critique Part 13

Wotan is the experienced, aged one, who grasps the meaning of Siegfried’s heroic life (having planned it in advance) in a way that the much less conscious Siegfried (who does not know who he is) cannot. Note that Wagner speaks of this aged teacher as peaceful not passionate, as a beholder, not a doe...
by alberich00
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shapiro Consolations Critique Part 14
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Shapiro Consolations Critique Part 14

(...) Bruennhilde, her life’s purpose now at an end, 'bequeaths' her wisdom to succeeding generations. Clearly, then, the world was not intended to vanish on Bruennhilde’s pyre. Instead, it will continue to 'blossom' and 'endure' – as a 'world without rulers.' Just as important as the message of lo...
by alberich00
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shapiro Consolations Critique Part 15
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Shapiro Consolations Critique Part 15

[PH: See Quotation from www.wagnerheim.com, Pages 331-332] [PH: Quotation from www.wagnerheim.com, Pages 337-338:] In describing the responsibilities of a king in the following passage, Wagner seems to have captured Wotan’s despair in having to destroy Siegmund for the sake of what seems, at least o...
by alberich00
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shapiro Consolations Critique Part 16
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Views: 1590

Shapiro Consolations Critique Part 16

And not only Hamlet, but another of Shakespeare’s tragic heroes, Othello, granted Wagner an insight into the paralyzing effect caused by too great consciousness of the egoism which is presumably at the root of all human behavior, even seemingly at the root of self-sacrificial action, which is presum...