Richard Wagner: The Man, His Mind and His Music MOBI


Richard Wagner: The Man, His Mind and His Music A well written biography, but so deeply prejudiced that I wouldn t recommend it to anyone Gutman reinterprets Wagner s operas without scholarly foundation Parsifal, Wagner s tale of the maturing of a soul through the experience of compassion, is portrayed by Gutman as a homoerotic, antisemitic parable of racial eugenics, and Wagner, whose antisemitism is sufficiently well known, is all but blamed for the holocaust It s just too tempting to attribute Gutman s obsessions to his own established A well written biography, but so deeply prejudiced that I wouldn t recommend it to anyone Gutman reinterprets Wagner s operas without scholarly foundation Parsifal, Wagner s tale of the maturing of a soul through the experience of compassion, is portrayed by Gutman as a homoerotic, antisemitic parable of racial eugenics, and Wagner, whose antisemitism is sufficiently well known, is all but blamed for the holocaust It s just too tempting to attribute Gutman s obsessions to his own established homosexuality and Jewishness I read this book as a teenager when it first came out in 1968, and even then I could tell that it was a deeply biased and dishonest work Gutman died this year, and I can only hope that he has to face Wagner in the afterlife This is a wonderful book, really exposes Wagner s personality and his relationships to other great composers, philosophers, conductors, and politicians of his day. Ranging far beyond the bounds of conventional biography and music history, this book examines the cultural background of Wagner s art, including the nether regions of nationalism and racism New Introduction by the Author Index photographs


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