Saturday, February 11, 2012

thwarted -the essence of the ring

It seems to be at the heart of  Wagner's Ring. Everyone thwarting everyone else. Or trying to.  Interesting that neither the Greeks nor the Romans tell the story of the end of their gods.  The Norse do. Its a sad tale as the Gods lose the will to fight. Yet the Rhine Maidens avoid this. Aren't they gods?

Also sad is the rhetoric of the classical light composers. No longer satisfied with creating highly successful easy listening music also need to position their soft music with hard speech that excludes all other musical approaches evidently.  At one time rock bands or their handlers used to say that "if Mozart was alive today he'd be in a group like the Dave Clark Five." Now University trained composers are inspired to say that Mozart got it wrong.   

Sad indeed.

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