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Aspects Of Wagner
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He states how for Wagner music drama would be the reverse of traditional opera (where the drama is a framework to hang the music),it would present archetypal situations as experienced by the participants,music a means to this dramatic end.This art form would `emotionalize the intellect'.From Beethoven he learned to articulate the inmost drama of the psyche(especially the Choral Symphony).Although there was some naivety in theories citing the ancient Greeks,he thought Shakespeare created total worlds using poetic drama,beyond the Greeks.He criticizes the passivity and solipsism of Wagner,centring his operas on the psyche,not on the external world. Wotan is at the mercy of forces he is powerless to control.The charcters do not relate to each other,the different `characters' being aspects of a single personality.
His chapter about Jews,citing Marx,Freud and Einstein,amongst the greatest of the world's creative geniuses, produced theories about man and his environment so deep and original as to equal any that came before.They started a Jewish renaissance in music,science and philosophy parallel to 5th century Athens BC.This creativity didn't come until the 19th century due to Jews who have escaped their religious traditions,repudiating Judaism.Read more ›
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There is no better introduction to the works, ideas and influence of this extraordinary and immensely important figure in the history of western European culturePublished on 4 Feb. 2014 by Dr David John Ames
A fine book . I interviewed Bryan Magee recently at a Freud Museum conference on Wagner and Freud. 'Aspects of Wagner', written in 1968, was prescient. Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 2013 by Stephen Gee
The book gives interestiung background surrounding Wagner operas/compositions. Well worth while for better understanding Wagner. Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2013 by Christer Lindberg