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Remembering Richard Wagner
(May 22, 1813–February 13, 1883)

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Richard Wagner was born 206 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.

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  1. Lord Shang
    Posted May 22, 2020 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Great list for further study of the cultural and political aspects and influence of the greatest composer (probably artist) of the second half of the 19th century. I have bookmarked this page so I can peruse all this analysis over time. Thanks.

  2. ME
    Posted May 22, 2020 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Yes, thank you so much for this list. The richness of the CC archive is amazing. By the way, Michael Walker’s recent review of Scruton’s book on Tristan was excellent. Is there any chance he could also review Scruton’s more recent book on Der Ring, “The Ring of Truth”?

  3. Alexandra O.
    Posted May 23, 2020 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    I am continually amazed at the scholarly content I find here on a near-daily basis. The commentaries on Wagner’s work by Colin Cleary , from the list your provided to honor Wagner’s birth, will keep me busy and entranced daily for another 7 days after reading Part I this morning. And then, on to several of the others.

    I find that I have a book in my sprawling, disorderly library on “The Nibelungenlied”, as translated by Margaret Armour and introduced by Franz Schoenberner, printed by Heritage Press in 1961. So, I am curious as to the scholarship here, but I welcome the chance to become acquainted — in my own home, during this period of enforced ‘staying’ at home — with this massive tale. It’s a large tome, beautifully printed, and probably a collector’s item, which I found a year or so ago at my local library sales shelves, probably for under $5. And, I never know, each morning when I open the CC site, what treasures I will find here as well.

  4. Vehmgericht
    Posted May 23, 2020 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    I have been a devoted Wagnerian since hearing the sublime Funeral March from Götterdämmerung on the radio one day. From that moment on ‘popular’ music meant nothing to me, but I would spend hours transported by Der Ring des Nibelungen and Parsifal. There is something in The Master’s music that speaks directly to the souls of all who love our people, their history and the great civilisation they built. Not for nothing is this music banned in Israel …

  5. Hank
    Posted May 24, 2020 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

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