Wednesday Music: Richard Wagner

A lovely challenge from Fluent Historian. Haven’t a clue if anyone else is doing this and I really don’t care. I LOVE classical music and to write a post about it, or even just to share some is such a treat….and brings me great joy.

This week, it is the work of Richard Wagner that I would like to share. Wagner, born in Germany in 1813 became famous for both his operas and his anti-semitic writings which made him one of Hitler’s favorite writer/composers (posthumously).  His compositions were played at Dachau in order to “re-educate” the detainees.

New York Times writer Anthony Tommasini wrote of Wagner in 2005: “How did such sublime music come from such a warped man? Maybe art really does have the power to ferret out the best in us.”

 

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10 thoughts on “Wednesday Music: Richard Wagner

  1. It’s lovely. Even though he did get involved in one of the most horrific events in history, I’m glad the detainees had music. Wagner may not have had a say in what pushy Hitler listened to. Perhaps he was mesmerized as so many were. In any event, misquided or no, Wagner’s take on Classical music is pretty awesome!

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    1. no, wagner was long dead by the time hitler started using his music to emphasize the greatness of the “pure races”.

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      1. Why am I not surprised, yet still fascinated by the gall.

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  2. Sorry, dear new friend … the video is gone!! Doesn’t work … awww!!

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    1. rats…click it. maybe it will magically appear. my editor says it is working somewhere.

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      1. Let me recheck!!!

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      2. Nope!! Still gone!! 😦

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      3. argggggggggggggggggggggg!

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      4. okay…I erased the original, found another copy and uploaded that one. it had better work now. grrrrrrrrrrrrr

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