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12/14/2010

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What a wonderful documentary. Thanks, Georg.

Being a lover of the music (but not the operas) of Wagner, it was fascinating to watch the history. The Tristan chord concept was new to me. I didn't know it had a name, only that I loved to listen to it.

How interesting that Wagner was involved in national socialism as a young man only to have his music woven into the macabre fabric of that movement's deadly crescendo. But I think Mr. Fry gets it right when he explains how the love of something has always been exploited by governments. It's not the music's fault. So I will continue to listen with appreciation as I always have.

Stephen Fry looks very similar to Wagner. He could readily play him in a movie.

Eric, what you say is so true:

" ... how the love of something has always been exploited by governments. It's not the music's fault."

And my first thought, when I saw Fry, whom I knew as an author but not as a face and human figure, is exactly described by your comment:

"Stephen Fry looks very similar to Wagner. He could readily play him in a movie."

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My inner distance to Wagner's music has only aesthetic reasons, which to a considerable extent may be due to my not being sufficiently patient to expose myself to the inundating impressions and length of Wagner's music.

I find it utterly ridiculous to judge music (we're talking notes and sounds) politically.

I am sick and tired of these contrived worries about supposedly Nazi-inducing factors - like Wagner - when infinitely more important causes of the rise of national socialism in Germany continue to be overlooked in an undying spirit of hatred for liberty and personal freedom.

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