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Video: Wagner And Anti-Semitism

Written By The Wagnerian on Sunday 17 November 2013 | 1:56:00 am

The question of 19th century German composer Richard Wagner's personal and musical anti-Semitism became a topic of enormous controversy during and after World War II, when Wagner's children welcomed Hitler to Bayreuth, the scene of the annual Wagnerian opera festival. Arguments about this question, however, often seem to deadlock in rival claims of "bad man" and "great music." This panel will attempt to expand the discussion by focusing on the following issues: what does Wagner actually say in his infamous essay, "Jewishness in Music"? Moreover, how do contemporary productions of Wagner's operas reflect or deflect the question of anti-Semitism in his works. Join Leon Botstein (President of Bard College and music director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra), David J. Levin (University of Chicago), Kenneth Reinhard (UCLA), and Marc A. Weiner (author of Richard Wagner and the Anti-Semitic Imagination and Professor of Germanic Studies at Indiana University) in a discussion of composer Richard Wagner, his politics and his music. (Run Time: 1 hour, 50 min.)