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Wagner Bicentennial Symposium  
Evil Genius:
Constructing Wagner as Moral Pariah, Part 4

A night at the opera: Adolf Hitler with Winifred Wagner, the daughter-in-law of Richard Wagner

A night at the opera: Adolf Hitler with Winifred Wagner, the daughter-in-law of Richard Wagner

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Wagner and National Socialist Germany

Richard Wagner has long been reviled by Jews as the intellectual and spiritual precursor to Adolf Hitler who, according to William Shirer, once declared: “Whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner.”[1] Read more …

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Wagner Bicentennial Symposium  
Evil Genius:
Constructing Wagner as Moral Pariah, Part 3

Arno Breker, Bust of Richard Wagner

Arno Breker, Bust of Richard Wagner

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Wagner’s Music Dramas as Coded Anti-Semitism

T. W. Adorno and Wagner biographer Robert Gutman began a modern Jewish intellectual tradition Read more …

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Wagner Bicentennial Symposium  
Evil Genius:
Constructing Wagner as Moral Pariah, Part 2

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Wagner’s Racial Thinking

In addition to his concern about the baleful Jewish influence on German culture, Wagner, under the influence of Darwinism and the French racial theorist Arthur de Gobineau, became increasingly concerned about the fate of the White race generally. Read more …

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Wagner Bicentennial Symposium  
Evil Genius:
Constructing Wagner as Moral Pariah, Part 1

Richard Wagner, 1813-1883

Richard Wagner, 1813–1883

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Richard Wagner was a one man artistic and intellectual movement whose shadow fell across all of his contemporaries and most of his successors. Other composers had influence; Wagner had a way of thinking named after him. It has been claimed that “never since Orpheus has there been a musician whose music affected so vitally the life and art of generations.”[1]  Read more …

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Bryan Magee’s The Tristan Chord

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Bryan Magee
The Tristan Chord: Wagner and Philosophy
New York: Metropolitan Books, 2000

Bryan Magee’s The Tristan Chord: Wagner and Philosophy (just Wagner and Philosophy in the UK) combines two of my favorite subjects into an informative, stimulating, and highly readable book. Creativity and critical reflection are two very different activities, and excellence in one is seldom accompanied by excellence in the other. Read more …

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Riccardo Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini

Ary Scheffer, "Francesca da Rimini," 1854

Ary Scheffer, “Francesca da Rimini,” 1854

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In 1902, Gabriele D’Annunzio published Francesca da Rimini, a tragedy based on Boccaccio’s elaboration of an episode in Dante’s Inferno.

Francesca was the Daughter of Guido I da Polenta, lord of Ravenna. Read more …

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Bryan Magee’s Aspects of Wagner

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Bryan Magee
Aspects of Wagner
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988

In preparation for the Wagner bicentennial on May 22, I have been listening to, watching, and reading about Wagner non-stop. But one’s enjoyment of art and ideas is magnified by sharing them with others. So I am going to get you in the Wagner spirit, or drive you crazy trying, Read more …

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Call for Papers 
Our Wagner

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wagner-03Today is the 130th anniversary of Richard Wagner’s death in Venice. May 22, 2013 is the 200th anniversary of Wagner’s birth. To mark this occasion, Counter-Currents/North American New Right will run a symposium on “Our Wagner.” The symposium will consist of essays, reviews, poems, podcasts, and videos on Wagner’s life, work, and ongoing significance for the metapolitical project of the North American New Right and the New Right in general. Read more …

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Jonathan Bowden’s Last Interview, Part 1: Transcript

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Welcome to Counter Currents Radio. I’m your host Greg Johnson. With us today is Jonathan Bowden. First of all, I need to ask you is it “Boden” or Bowden?

JB: Depends where you are in England basically, if you are in the North of England you say “Boden,” but if you are from the South of England, and I’m from the South of England, you say Bowden.  Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 27 
Jonathan Bowden’s Last Interview, Part 1

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Yukio Mishima & Richard Wagner:
Art & Politics, or Love & Death

The platform of this year’s “Yukoku-Ki,” November 25th, 2012, Tokyo

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The Keynote Speech at the 42nd Yukoku-Ki in Tokyo, November 25, 2012

Translated by Riki Rei

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The Aryan Christian Religion & Politics of Richard Wagner

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“I am the most German being. I am the German spirit.”[1] — Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner (1813–1883) is today universally celebrated as the consummate exponent of nineteenth century German opera, whose developed Romantic idiom helped to usher in the musical innovations of Modernism in the early twentieth century. Read more …

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Video of the Day 
Furtwängler Conducts Wagner, 1942

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Yevgeny Nikitin: Opera & Metal

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Pavarotti Sings Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma” from Turandot

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Richard Wagner, Prelude to Tristan und Isolde

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Richard Wagner, Entry of the Guests from Tannhäuser

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Placido Domingo Sings Puccini’s “E lucevan le stelle”

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Mozart’s The Magic Flute

Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781–1841), Stage set for Mozart's "The Magic Flute," 1815, showing the Queen of the Night

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Editor’s Note:

I have illustrated this, the third and final Ursus Major piece on Mozart’s operas, with YouTube videos of some of its best music. Read more …

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Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro & Così fan Tutte

Joseph Lange's unfinished portrait of his brother-in-law, W. A. Mozart

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[Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro is the revelation of]  the ideal social structure (an affirmation Edmund Burke). Le Nozze di Figaro is not merely an adaption of Beaumarchais’ play (which Napoleon later stated was the true start of the French Revolution, not the storming of the Bastille: a mere riot). Rather, Apollo infused da Ponte and Mozart, as He once had infused the Pythoness. Read more …

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Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Erwin Schrott as Don Giovanni, Washington National Opera, 2007

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Editor’s Note:

The following essay on Mozart’s Don Giovanni is from the Ursus Major website. Any information on its author would be greatly appreciated. Read more …

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