Richard Wagner Judaism In Music And Other Essays

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Around 150 years ago, a failed composer and revolutionary used an assumed name to publish his latest 25-page pamphlet.Although Richard Wagner's ideas were to find their final form 20 years later in his opera cycle The Ring, his early attempts at philosophy reflect recognisably Wagnerian concerns: that nature is destroyed by industry; that it is unnatural to pursue power at the expense of love; that capitalism is corrupt; that the state often at odds with the people; that we live in an age where entertainment is considered more important than art. But what people today remember from Wagner's quasi-philosophical period is his contention that it was the Jews who were responsible for much that was going wrong in art and society.

Around 150 years ago, a failed composer and revolutionary used an assumed name to publish his latest 25-page pamphlet.Although Richard Wagner's ideas were to find their final form 20 years later in his opera cycle The Ring, his early attempts at philosophy reflect recognisably Wagnerian concerns: that nature is destroyed by industry; that it is unnatural to pursue power at the expense of love; that capitalism is corrupt; that the state often at odds with the people; that we live in an age where entertainment is considered more important than art. But what people today remember from Wagner's quasi-philosophical period is his contention that it was the Jews who were responsible for much that was going wrong in art and society.

"Wagner actually addresses the Jews, by saying, 'Remember that one thing alone can redeem you from the curse which weighs upon you: the redemption of Ahasverus - destruction!

' This cannot mean that Wagner is literally calling for the destruction of the Jews, since in the same breath he is offering them redemption.

His essay Das Judentum in der Musik (Judaism in Music) contained an attack on one Jewish composer in particular.

"Mendelssohn has shown us that a Jew can have the richest abundance of talents and be a man of the broadest culture," he wrote, "but still be incapable of supplying the profound, heart-seizing, soul-searching experience we expect from art."Had Wagner not written Judaism in Music his views on Europe's Jews might have gone with him to the grave.

Zubin Mehta, musical director of the Israeli Philharmonic, has tried on four occasions to programme Wagner but has always been dissuaded by the force of public anger.

The musical director of New Israeli Opera, Asher Fisch, has made no secret of the fact that he'd like to hear Wagner performed.Certainly we would probably not find his music banned in Israel today, nor a whole academic industry involved in mining his musical texts for seams of anti-semitism.The notion that artists don't have to be as beautiful as the works they create is a commonplace now - except in the case of Wagner."If time renders ridiculous the ban on Wagner, then the simple passage of time will also cause the Holocaust itself to fade into a distant memory.Appalling as this possibility is it seems likely to eventuate." Rose has no truck with either seeking to understand Wagner's anti-semitism or separating it off from his musical output.Yet, as Alexander Knapp, lecturer in Jewish Music at London University points out, "Wagner was not the only the only composer to show antagonism towards Jews.Chopin, Liszt and Mussorgsky are also on record as having made comments that could be regarded as anti-semitic."Indeed it was a 19th-century commonplace for left-wing revolutionaries - Marx among them - to be hostile to the Jews whom they held responsible for propping up bourgeois capitalism during the failed revolutions of 1848-50." But a fellow Jew, the American academic Marc Weiner, has traced anti-semitic images through the Wagner canon."Wagner's anti-semitism is integral to an understanding of his mature music dramas," he says.There are of course are those who refuse to accept that Wagner was anti-semitic at all - but such an argument carries no serious weight today.In the view of John Deathridge, professor of music at King's College, London, both Wagner's defenders and detractors are missing the point.

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