Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Karfreitagszauber

A.C. Douglas points us to this article, which I didn't see the first time 'round, but wish that I had. It is, indeed, a very nice exploration of Wagner's most (to me, anyway) elusive music-drama: Parsifal. This passage, in particular, I like:

Shall we tread carefully then? Heck no: he didn't. Let's do The Master proud, and declare Parsifal, the "stage-consecration festival drama" that he composed specifically for the theatre he designed at Bayreuth, and the work widely performed throughout the German-speaking world at Easter, to be the most extraordinary single achievement in opera.

Not the greatest opera, note, though it must be a contender for that non-existent honour, along with at least four of his other works. No, the most extraordinary - in its conception, sound, influence and history. Ever since Nietzsche called it "a work of perfidy, of vindictiveness", this opera of redemption, Wagner's "farewell to the world", has been loved and mistrusted in a way that is unique.

That's my idea of really incisive analysis. I might say, though, that the entirety of Der Ring des Nibelungen trumps Parsifal for the "most extraordinary single achievement in opera." Wagner would detest the term "opera" applied to any of his mature works (i.e., post-Rienzi), but I'll beg his forgiveness. Furthermore, the idea that Der Ring is a multiple achievement is attractive, but it is one story with one set of characters. I'll argue that it is a single work, and it is certainly the most monumental achievement ever conceived for the stage - and it might be the single grandest in all of art; however, there are some buildings (San Marco, Hagia Sophia, and Chartres) that might trump it - but that's another debate.

Of course, if Wagner had written one - and only one - of his major mature works, he would be considered no less a master. Such was Wagner.

Edit: A.C. Douglas suggests changing "post-Rienzi" to "post-Lohengrin." That's probably correct (in fact, it is correct), but I still see Holländer as the moment when Richard Wagner became "Wagner." So, I'll just append this note and let my readers, such as they are, decide for themselves.

4 Comments:

At 11:44 PM, Blogger A.C. Douglas said...

Wagner would detest the term "opera" applied to any of his mature works (i.e., post-Rienzi), Wagner would detest the term "opera" applied to any of his mature works (i.e., post-Rienzi)....

N.B., Post-Lohengrin.

Pedantically yours,

ACD

 
At 6:41 PM, Anonymous price per head call center said...

Hello, Such a wonderful blog i ever read. Please keep posting good blogs. Thank you very much...

 
At 4:07 AM, Blogger John said...

air max 90
tods outlet
canada goose jackets
canada goose jackets
mont blanc pens
concords 11
toms
instyler curling iron
michael kors outlet
polo ralph lauren
coach factory outlet
michael kors outlet
hollister clothing
michaek kors handbags
marc jacobs
tory burch sale
louis vuitton handbags
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton bags
gucci shoes
ugg boots on sale
coach outlet
michael kors outlet
jordan concords
coach outlet online
louis vuitton handbags
christian louboutin outlet
oakley sunglasses
north face jacket
ralph lauren uk
ugg boots outlet
vans shoes
20151203yuanyuan

 
At 1:01 AM, Blogger Meiqing Xu said...

20160321meiqing
nike air max
canada goose
oakley sunglasses
ray ban sunglasses
jordan shoes
mcm outlet
jordan 13
insanity workout
giuseppe zanotti sneakers
prada bags
louis vuitton outlet
true religion jeans
coach outlet
canada goose jackets
tory burch sale
louis vuitton
louis vuitton
nike huarache
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors handbags
michael kors handbags
ugg boots
michael kors outlet online
oakley vault
louis vuitton outlet
true religion
ugg outlet
kobe bryant shoes
nfl jerseys
nike basketball shoes
toms shoes
supra shoes
coach outlet
christian louboutin sale
louis vuitton outlet
christian louboutin outlet
rolex submariner
kate spade handbags
abercrombie and fitch
cheap nfl jerseys

 

Post a Comment

<< Home