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Love With No Future

The Ring of Truth: The Wisdom of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelungby roger scrutonallen lane, 368 pages, $19.99Of all the personalities that produced enduring art, Richard Wagner’s was perhaps the most repulsive. A blackmailer, philanderer, deadbeat, paranoid, and anti-Semite, Wagner invites his . . . . Continue Reading »

Why We Can't Hear Wagner's Music

Late in the nineteenth century, men and women in apparent possession of their senses heard Richard Wagner’s new operas and announced that their lives had changed forever. Charles Baudelaire saw Tannhäuser in 1861 and gushed, “Listening to this impassioned, despotic music, painted upon the . . . . Continue Reading »

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