Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Richard Wagner

Obsessional self-destructiveness played a much bigger role in his life than careerism ever did: witness his endless youthful fights with successive theater managements; the Dresden revolutionary activism of 1849, which sent him into exile for twelve years; and, even after King Ludwig had become his champion, his fury over Ludwig’s insistence on staging Das Rheingold and Die Walkure without the composer’s approval. --R. J. Stove, Wagner’s Ambiguities, First Principles, July 30, 2008, review of Richard Wagner And the Jews (2005), by Milton E. Brener

What was eating Wagner? How Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's early death left "underdog" Richard Wagner to wreak a bitter revenge, by Martin Geck, Sign and Sight, April 9, 2009 (via Arts & Letters Daily)

The dark heart of German culture, by Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph, August 25, 2007, review of The Wagner Clan, by Jonathan Carr

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