WAGNER 200 Wagner Society Lecture: 'Does Wagner Still Matter?'

Music, Classical and opera
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John Deathridge, Emeritus Professor of Music, King’s College London, on ‘Does Wagner Still Matter?’

Early in the twentieth century Wagner was a powerful voice in Western culture, but today he is compromised by a fraught legacy. In this lecture, John Deathridge rejects the inchoate image of the ‘failed’ humanist and suggests we go back to the drawing board with some basic questions about sources, reluctant scholarship, radical philosophy and a fundamental overhaul in the way we see Wagner.