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Wagner at Home by Judith Gautier

Judith Gautier’s memoir, Wagner at Home, offers a charming and revealing perspective on life at Triebschen.  Gautier, the daughter of influential French dramatist and journalist Theophile, was invited by Wagner to visit after publishing several complimentary articles on his work.  Upon her arrival she was greeted enthusiastically by Wagner and introduced to “Frau von Bulow, […]

Nationalism, Culture and Identity: Israel and Wagner

Richard Wagner was an artist and a revolutionary nationalist.  A fundamental rationale for his work was its function as a mythic summons to the volk – the German people – to remember their common and distinct heritage.  He saw the Ring, in particular, as the great story of the roots of the German people, resonating […]

Parsifal and Wagner’s Theology

After just an unconscionably long time, I have finally got to page 319 of Richard H. Bell’s fine study, Wagner’s Parsifal: An Appreciation in the Light of His Theological Journey.  I am very grateful to Mr. Bell for his discipline and erudition, and for shedding light on both the splendid final work of this master […]

Good One-Volume Biography from 1965

While visiting a used book store in Chapel Hill, NC, a while ago I came across a slim biography and musical introduction titled Wagner, by Robert L. Jacobs.  The copyright dates are 1935 and 1965, and it was published as part of a “Master Musicians” series by J.M. Dent in London and Farrar, Straus and […]