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Wintersturmer queries whether Mime = Meyerbeer

Posted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:28 am
by alberich00
Email from Wintersturmer to Paul Heise on 11/25/2021, Thanksgiving morning:

Hei Ho,

In your Mighty Tome, there's a quote from RW that the genius starts off as a mime. I'd venture to say that Meyerbeer would have filled that role, especially given his influence on Rienzi (which von Bulow jokingly referred to as Meyerbeer's best opera). RW also had much esteem for Beethoven ("the general of the symphony"). In the science world, one says that a genius stands on the shoulders of giants (ie, building on past achievements).

W

Re: Wintersturmer queries whether Mime = Meyerbeer

Posted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:30 am
by alberich00
EMAIL FROM ME TO WINTERSTURMER THANKSGIVING MORNING 11/25/2021:

Dear Wintersturmer:

Verily I say unto you, as you read on in my book you'll discover I've quoted Wagner on that very subject, in which he complains that some of his friends have accused him of being a mimic of Meyerbeer. In this passage RW declares that he can only assert his full independence as an original artist if he purges Meyerbeer from his existence, so to speak. I hypothesize a comparison between this and Siegfried's instinctive abhorrence of Mime's claims on him.

Your man from www.wagnerheim.com,

Paulus Abstracticus