Boo for Wagner's antisemitic writings! These are opinions that seem to show that he was prejudiced against Jewish people. (Strange because all his life Wagner had Jewish friends and supporters. How did they feel about his writings, I wonder?)
Wagner had a large influence on music, and his Tristan und Isolde is often credited with being the beginning of modern classical music. He also impacted literature, philosophy and even the visual arts.
Such famous folks as philosopher Nietzsche, painter Renoir, composer Debussy, writers Thomas Mann and James Joyce and T.S. Eliot, and even modern-day rock band Rammstein have all been influenced by Wagner.
Enjoy some Wagner music...
- perhaps his most famous, “Here Comes the Bride.”
- the stirring, well-known “Ride of the Valkyries.”
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Here is a printable booklet about Wagner, “The Story of the Boy Who Wrote Little Plays.”
Hmm...I'm not sure I see the influence of Wagner on Rammstein. But I trust the band if they say there is one! Here is an interesting music video by Ramstein, “Amerika.”
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