Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music By Alex Ross

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    Todo bien Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music The author is a great expert of the history of romanticism, considered with strong attention. Wagner particularly lived his time in relation with several important men , as painters, writers and phylosophers. So it born a model of life typical of those years: a very interesting Bohème for the trends, whom this context was able to introduce in the modernity. Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music One of the best examinations of Wagner and his influence I have read. It mainly della with Wagner's influence on literature and the visual arts, discussing in detail the works of Thomas Mann, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Willa Cather..the list is endless. He also discusses Wagner's influence on cinema. He investigates in great detail the disastrous association of Wagner with Hitler, and how his grandsons, Wieland and Wolfgang, tried to repair the reputation of Bayreuth when the Festival re opened in 1951. I especially liked tge discussion of Regietheater productions, starting with Patrice Chereau's Centenary RING in 1976. Highly recommened. Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music This is one of those sublime & rare books that sends you off down further rabbit holes forever once you’ve begun it! Well written, lovingly researched over a decade, the topic beautifully & widely served. A must for Wagner fans and edifying for culture & history lovers to trace creative lineage from late 1800s to present. Also of benefit to those remotely curious about Wagner & why his art matters. Highly recommended. Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music You do not have to love Wagner's music to appreciate this book, it's not even necessary to like it. This is excellent intellectual or cultural history depending on how you want to look at it. It looks at such a broad range of people who responded to Wagner's that, while a sense of the music and the ideas in Wagner's works are very helpful, the book is about much than the man or his music. The research is creative, intelligent, and thorough, so much so that Ross should be considered much than a journalist (I say that without intending to insult journalists, but as good as they may be at their craft, they are usually not through scholars Ross is). Anyone familiar with his The Rest is Noise knows how good he is at bringing out connections between art and the major events of history that art is, in fact, an integral part of those events. This study is even specialized but also accessible and free of jargon. My field of study is African American History and I've also spent a lot of time researching LGBT+ history. I found myself time and again finding out something new about people and groups that I was already familiar with. Finally, I started with the audio book and Ross does wonderfully in reading his own work. I ended up buying a print copy because I want to be able to mark specific passages and go over them again. Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music

    ’An absolutely masterly work’ Stephen FryAlex Ross, renowned author of the international bestseller The Rest Is Noise, reveals how Richard Wagner became the proving ground for modern art and politics―an aesthetic war zone where the Western world wrestled with its capacity for beauty and violence.For better or worse, Wagner is the most widely influential figure in the history of music. Around 1900, the phenomenon known as Wagnerism saturated European and American culture. Such colossal creations as The Ring of the Nibelung, Tristan und Isolde, and Parsifal were models of formal daring, mythmaking, erotic freedom, and mystical speculation. A mighty procession of writers, artists, and thinkers, including Charles Baudelaire, Virginia Woolf, Isadora Duncan, Vasily Kandinsky, and Luis Buñuel, felt his impact. Anarchists, occultists, feminists, and gay rights pioneers saw him as a kindred spirit. Then Adolf Hitler incorporated Wagner into the soundtrack of Nazi Germany, and the composer came to be defined by his ferocious anti Semitism. His name is now almost synonymous with artistic evil.Wagnerism restores the magnificent confusion of what it means to be a Wagnerian. A pandemonium of geniuses, madmen, charlatans, and prophets do battle over Wagner’s many sided legacy. The narrative ranges across artistic disciplines, from architecture to the novels of Philip K. Dick, from the Zionist writings of Theodor Herzl to the civil rights essays of W. E. B. Du Bois, from O Pioneers! to Apocalypse Now. In many ways,Wagnerism tells a tragic tale. An artist who might have rivalled Shakespeare in universal reach is implicated in an ideology of hate. Still, his shadow lingers over twenty first century culture, his mythic motifs coursing through superhero films and fantasy fiction. Neither apologia nor condemnation, Wagnerism is a work of intellectual passion, urging us toward a honest idea of how art acts in the world. Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music