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The Wagnerian Drama

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Houston Stewart Chamberlain
The Wagnerian Drama
Edited by Alex Kurtagić
London: The Palingenesis Project, 2013
188 pages

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Toward a Right-Wing Hauntology:
Mark Fisher’s Ghosts of My Life

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Mark Fisher
Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures
Winchester, UK: Zero Books, 2014

Jacques Derrida’s Specters of Marx was an attempt to resurrect Marxism. Published in 1993, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communism across Eastern Europe, Specters of Marx was an attempt to disrupt the apparent flow of historical progression Read more …

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The Hero at 150 
Remembering Richard Strauss:
June 11, 1864–September 8, 1949

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In addition to being the fourth anniversary of Counter-Currents going online, June 11, 2014 was the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss, the German Romantic composer and conductor. Strauss belonged to the last generation of the Romantic era, along with such composers as Edward Elgar (1857–1934), Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924), Gustav Mahler (1860–1911), Jean Sibelius (1865–1957), Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958), and Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943).  Read more …

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Remembering Richard Wagner:
May 22, 1813–February 13, 1883

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Richard Wagner was born 201 years ago today in Leipzig in the kingdom of Saxony. He died on February 13, 1883 in Venice. As an artist, intellectual, author, and cultural force, Wagner has left an immense metapolitical legacy, which is being evaluated and appropriated in the North American New Right. I wish to draw your attention to the following writings which have been published at Counter-Currents/North American New RightRead more …

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Edward Elgar

Edward Elgar, 1857–1934

Edward Elgar, 1857–1934

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The Counter-Currents 2013 Fall Fundraiser 
My Ten Favorite Books of 2013

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Dear Friend of Counter-Currents:

Since our last update, we received fourteen new donations totaling $945, for which we are most grateful. That means that our total is $41,410.29, which means that we are now $8,589.71 away from our annual goal of $50,000.

If it is important for you to be able to deduct your donations from your US Federal income taxes, please contact me at [email protected]. Read more …

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Remembering Benjamin Britten:
November 22, 1913–December 4, 1976

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Benjamin Britten, the English composer, conductor, and pianist and the founder of the Aldeburgh Festival, was born 100 years ago today in the Suffolk fishing port of Lowestoft.

Britten’s father was a dentist, who provided his four children with a middle-class upbringing and education. His mother came from a musical family. Read more …

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The Confession of Isobel Gowdie

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The Confession of Isobel Gowdie is an orchestral work by the Scottish composer James MacMillan. It was premiered at the 1990 BBC Proms where it drew instant and enduring acclaim.  Read more …

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Why Music?
A Look at Art & Propaganda

Anne Vallayer-Coster, "Attributes of Music," 1770

Anne Vallayer-Coster, “Attributes of Music,” 1770

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Music can influence our emotions and the quality of our judgments.

Our emotions play a key role in how we reason. If we are emotionally out-of-whack, then we will not be able to reason as effectively. Music is the art form that is most able to dissuade us from thinking critically.

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Sir John Tavener:
January 28, 1944–November 12, 2013

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Sir John Tavener

Late last night/early this morning I was feeling restless, so instead of going to bed, I decided to proof some chapters of Julius Evola’s East and West. But I needed some night music. So I put on John Tavener’s The Last Sleep of the Virgin and The Hidden Treasure played by the Chilingirian Quartet. Even though this is one of my favorite CDs, I don’t play it all the time. I reserve it for night and winter. This morning I arose to the news that John Tavener died today at the age of 69.  Read more …

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