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  1. I've long had this on my to-watch list. It doesn't exist in HD, does it?
  2. Very nationalistic in an aggressive way that brands anything non-German as inferior and to be resisted and fought. It was certainly a common sentiment at the time and looks much different in hindsight, but then that's the point, isn't it? One thing led to another, and the roots of the 20th century were already there (and had been, in part, for centuries) in, in retrospect, plain view. Pointing that out and discussing it is, I think, important, especially at a time when "who could have possibly known" is still a common sentiment in countries like Austria and when people refuse to see similar co
  3. Meistersinger has the (in)famous final speech by Hans Sachs that's in part excessively nationalistic (as is the finale of Lohengrin, for that matter). That's obviously not so unusual for Wagner's time, but all the same was a major contributing factor to the 20th century's early catastrophes, and Wagner so strongly emphasising it as part of his "final message" of the opera is at the very least not quite kosher. I believe it is sometimes shortened for performances by excising a verse. Here's Wikipedia's translation: Where it gets complicated of course is that th
  4. Well, if you'd said the label can't be good because you're not familiar with them, that would have been a very conceited statement.
  5. Possibly. But it certainly seems like Wagner went out of his way more than most in propagating it, and also including it in his work. See the ending of Meistersinger, for example. Not that it would necessarily be out of the ordinary in the time it was set in, but knowing Wagner, surely any contemporary connotations are no coincidence. Add to that that the Wagner family was very supportive of Hitler (for which you can't hold him directly responsible, but as we've pointed out you can trace at least some of it back to him) and you definitely have an unusually obvious case. On the othe
  6. Even Korngold is often a fusion of Strauss and Puccini more than directly related to Wagner though. Wagner certainly was ideologically closer though. Strauss was probably too opportunistic, and generally too apolitical (which you certainly can't say about Wagner), but at least he tried to protect and defend his Jewish collaborators.
  7. It certainly sounds like he means to include that aspect in his statement, also the way he phrases it: "not a particular fan of his". And the Ring is certainly not the most accessible of musical works; it becomes much more rewarding with repeated listening, and understanding the lyrics certainly helps make sense of the leitmotif and the overall "plan" (it is a very philosophical construct, after all). As has been mentioned, Williams rarely sounds like actual Wagner. I'd be more surprised if he contested that Strauss had a significant influence on his music, directly or indirectly,
  8. Wikipedia says (emphasis in red & bold mine):
  9. Just because you don't call it "march" doesn't make it none.
  10. You mean completely forgotten after his death until his music is rediscovered and revived by another composer 80 years later?
  11. The Raiders March is in 4/4. The main title from Star Wars, often called a march, is also in 4/4. As is the Imperial March. As is this:
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