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Richard Wagner's grandson Wolfgang Wagner dies at 90
CTV - AP ^ | 03/22/10

Posted on 03/22/2010 1:56:45 PM PDT by Borges

MUNICH, Germany — Wolfgang Wagner, the grandson of composer Richard Wagner and the leader of the Bayreuth opera festival for more than half a century, has died. He was 90.

Wagner died Sunday, the festival said in a brief statement on its website. It did not give further details.

"Wolfgang Wagner dedicated his whole life to the legacy of his grandfather," the festival said -- adding that his long service as the event's leader means that he "goes into history as the longest-serving director in the world."

(Excerpt) Read more at ctv.ca ...


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: wagner; wolfgangwagner

1 posted on 03/22/2010 1:56:46 PM PDT by Borges
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To: .30Carbine; 1rudeboy; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 31R1O; ADemocratNoMore; afraidfortherepublic; Andyman; ...

Classical Music Ping


2 posted on 03/22/2010 1:58:00 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Wasn’t it Mark Twain who said that Wagner’s music was better than it sounds?

(Personally, I like Wagner and his extravagant orchestral/choral “music dramas”)


3 posted on 03/22/2010 2:12:46 PM PDT by Arkansas Toothpick
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To: Arkansas Toothpick

LOL


4 posted on 03/22/2010 2:16:34 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Borges

Guess he’s off to Valhalla.


5 posted on 03/22/2010 2:18:12 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Borges
R.I.P
Bump
6 posted on 03/22/2010 2:19:32 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Borges

RIP in fernam land.


7 posted on 03/22/2010 2:24:04 PM PDT by Boucheau
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To: Borges

RIP in fernam land.


8 posted on 03/22/2010 2:24:16 PM PDT by Boucheau
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To: Borges

Nazi?


9 posted on 03/22/2010 2:27:52 PM PDT by dinoparty
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To: dinoparty
He never seemed to be particularly outspoken. He was wounded early in the war and Hitler visited him in the hospital.
10 posted on 03/22/2010 2:31:29 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Arkansas Toothpick

“Wasn’t it Mark Twain who said that Wagner’s music was better than it sounds?”

I am of the Twain school, I fear ;-)


11 posted on 03/22/2010 3:06:29 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: Borges

A resemblance...

But he also looks like Soupy Sales...

RIP, at any rate...

12 posted on 03/22/2010 3:35:39 PM PDT by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: Borges

I wish he had left me a couple of tickets.

For eleven years, I’ve been sending in that form in September, and for eleven years, I’ve been getting my ding letter the following January (it used to come in March). I spent hours at the museum. Bayreuth is a lovely town.


13 posted on 03/22/2010 4:52:08 PM PDT by Mad-Margaret
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To: Arkansas Toothpick

The version I recall is that “Wagner’s music is not as bad as it sounds.” Whether the attribution to Twain is genuine, I don’t know...but it sounds like something he might have said.


14 posted on 03/22/2010 4:53:56 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Borges

About twenty years ago, the entire Ring Operas were on PBS, 12 Hours on 4 consecutive nights.

Being a Dramatic Soprano, and this being “The Literature” for my kind of Voice, I figured, I had better bite the bullet and WATCH THE WHOLE THING.

So for four nights I watched. And toward the very end of the last night, there was a huge scene, with fire and brimstone, and lasers, and the orchestra smashing and crashing in a tsunami of roiling sound!

What a GREAT ending!

But it WASN’T over. Suddenly the curtains parted, and a rather rotund woman in Ancient Teutonic Armor holding a spear...SANG!

Then it was over.

Thus proving the Axiom.


15 posted on 03/22/2010 6:23:08 PM PDT by left that other site (Your Mi'KMaq Paddy Whacky Bass Playing Biker Buddy)
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To: Borges

RIP.


16 posted on 03/22/2010 9:37:12 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Borges
I've always had a love/hate relationship with Wagnerian operas, no explanation needed.

But I will listen to them if and when I have the opportunity because I'm so awed by the pure genius of the man in putting notes and sounds together into a magnificent whole. And more than a few of his well-known excerpts and arias are certainly brilliant and skillful tours de force hardly equalled.

Leni

17 posted on 03/23/2010 4:28:47 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Bill O'Reilly: 9/8/09: "Communism is not a threat to us anymore"-10/20/09: "Obama is not a Marxist")
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To: Boucheau; Chi-townChief

I’m thinking in fernem Land would definitely be a better landing than Valhalla...then there’s another possibility, he could sail around the world forever on a ghost ship....


18 posted on 03/23/2010 7:31:10 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: Mad-Margaret

are you serious? do you think it will ever work out?

i have been thinking about starting a Wagner Society. my understanding is that they get thrown a few tickets...perhaps a path of lesser resistance....


19 posted on 03/23/2010 7:49:03 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: ConservativeDude

I don’t know. If I don’t get the tickets in the next couple of years, I’m going to book a pricey package thru a travel agency that handles this sort of thing.

When I started sending in the forms back in 1998, I read that the wait was 8 years. I’m way over that.

And I don’t want to see the Ring cycle over there. My endurance level is not what it once was. I just want the Dutchman, Lohengren, or Meistersinger.

I’ll try again in September. How long have you been trying?


20 posted on 03/23/2010 9:07:32 AM PDT by Mad-Margaret
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To: Mad-Margaret

I was about to commence this journey next fall...I still will do so, but, it seems sort of arduous.

You know the LA opera has a Ring cycle on now, and the Met in NYC is doing one in 2010 and 2011. I think Seattle has it running now.

The Met is also running Dutchman in April and May...Houston had Lohengrin back in December. The point being, the performances can be found, and in venues closer than Bayreuth.

Of course...if at all possible, better to go straight to the source....

Wagner is nothing if not demanding.


21 posted on 03/23/2010 10:14:10 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: ConservativeDude

Wagner is nothing if not demanding.

LOL!

I saw the Ring cycle in Chicago years ago. I want to see a performance at Bayreuth — anything — it does not have to be the Ring cycle, in fact, I would prefer that it isn’t. I’ve seen enough Wagner in the States.

Good luck! Let me know when you get tickets.


22 posted on 03/24/2010 8:29:27 AM PDT by Mad-Margaret
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To: Mad-Margaret

I want to see a performance at Bayreuth — anything”

Certainly that is a very defensible position....especially if you have seen a bunch in US already1


23 posted on 03/24/2010 11:58:07 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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