Eine Kleine Nichtmusik

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Sunday, September 30, 2007


It seems rather fitting to be responding to someone who accused me of being an anti-Semitic fascist during a weekend when I'm mostly occupied with playing Wagner. And not just Wagner, but Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, in which the butt of the jokes is Sixtus Beckmesser, who is considered by some critics to be a caricatured Jew.

However, let's remember that before Sachs (surely one of the nicest characters in opera) goes on about Holy German Art at the very end, he has a much more famous song (the Wahnmonolog) in which he bemoans the omnipresence of violence in human society, and wonders how all this "power of the Dark Side" can be turned to good.

And let's also remember that in the process of taking the piss out of Beckmesser's incompetent plagiarism, Wagner - so far as I can tell - invented the use of deliberate Mondegreens as a humorous device.


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