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Blogging and Wagner

We are scrambling today to keep the site fresh and active. The first round of the Metropolitan Opera performance of Wagner’s Ring cycle features Siegfried today, and the matinee performance stretches from 11 AM until late in the afternoon. (The fat lady takes her sweet time about singing in this one — though in this particular production Brünnhilde is anything but.)

We’ll do our best to keep the site moving, and thanks to WordPress it’s possible to schedule posts to pop up while I get my music fix, but I hope readers understand that even bloggers sometimes have other things on their minds.


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  • Charles R. Williams

    Next time you can take your laptop to the performance. You can keep busy while you wait for the high points of the performance.

    Nietzsche was right about Wagner.

  • Anthony

    Music fix is both important and culturally enriching; enjoy WRM….

  • Corlyss

    Any lobster or cracked crab and champaigne at the intermission repasts?

  • Gary L

    The fat lady takes her sweet time about singing in this one — though in this particular production Brünnhilde is anything but.


    For the benefit of the unenlightened, we should explain that no female voices are heard in Siegfried until the Woodbird appears in Act II, Scene II, and the heroine of the Ring, Brünnhilde, is only liberated from her prison in Siegfried‘s final scene.

    Charles R. Williams is like:

    Nietzsche was right about Wagner.

    Fearless Fred remained profoundly ambivalent about his mighty mentor. Yes, he attacked him savagely in The Case of Wagner, but in his final book Ecce Homo, he wrote, “From the moment there was a piano score of Tristan, I was a Wagnerian….to this day, I am still looking for a work that equals the dangerous fascination…and sweet infinity of Tristan – and look in all the arts in vain…..I think I know better than anyone else of what tremendous things Wagner is capable – the 50 worlds of alien ecstacies for which no one besides him had wings…I call Wagner the great benefactor of my life…”

    IMO, the fire-god Loge in Das Rheingold seems in some respects like a premonition of Nietzsche’s role in Western philosophy, particularly in his flippant departure from the other gods “On the other hand, who knows what I’ll do?”) Wagner and Nietsche first met in 1868, Rheingold was completed in 1869.

    The great baritone Dietrich Fisher-Dieskau did a little scholarship on the side – his 1976 <a href=Wagner and Nietzsche gives us a vibrant account of their stormy and fruitful relationship.

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