'Richard Wagner'에 해당되는 글 17건

  1. 2015.09.08 Erster Aufzug: Einleitung
  2. 2014.02.09 Tannhäuser Overture

Erster Aufzug: Einleitung

Composition of the Day 2015.09.08 09:00

By the time Richard Wagner came along with his opera Tristan and Isolde, this expressivity had hit an all-time high. Somehow, in the very first few bars of Tristan, Wagner had already created a music that was so dissonant, so expressive, so chromatic, so wandering in its modulations from key to key that the poor listener had almost lost his tonal bearings. He didn't know where he was; he was hard put to it to find a tonic home plate. Where are we in this music? We are suspended in some highly perfumed region, floating around in an atmosphere of unconsummated desire.

The Joy of Music, Leonard Bernstein

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Tannhäuser Overture

Cribs 2014.02.09 16:21

"I've decided the Wagner overture you included should come with a warning label. According to some quick online research, the opera deals with the struggle between sacred and profane love, which is arguably the only struggle there is.

The other day I was crossing the street, lost in my head about something, a not uncommon state of affairs. I was listening to the overture and as the music began to swell, I suddenly realized that I had hands and legs and a torso, and that I was surrounded by people and cars. 

It's hard to explain exactly what happened. But I felt in that moment that the divine, however we may choose to define such a thing, surely dwells as much in the concrete and taxicabs as it does in the rivers, lakes, and mountains.

Grace, I realized, is neither time nor place-dependent. All we need is the right soundtrack."

 - Letter to Zibby, Liberal Arts

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