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Coffee (except espresso) isn't my cup of tea, either.
Also, I'm not into Wagner at all, nevertheless in the below video Stephen Fry takes an interesting approach to dealing with the phenomenon:
Posted by Georg Thomas on 12/14/2010 at 07:53 AM in Books & Media, Film, Georg Thomas, History Lessons, Music, Odds & Ends | Permalink
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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 Parks |
12/14/2010 at 05:11 PM
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."
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.
Georg Thomas |
12/15/2010 at 05:11 PM
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