Search Results for: wagner

Bryn Terfel’s physical fitness

  In a 2011 interview, Bryn Terfel noted that a strong constitution is essential for the role of Wotan in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, which he was currently performing at the Metropolitan Opera. “If you’re not one hundred percent, … Continue reading

Comments Off on Bryn Terfel’s physical fitness

Filed under Opera, Performers

Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Auditorium

Louis Sullivan’s interior designs for the theater of the Chicago Auditorium Building (1889) reflect the ideas of Wagner and of the transcendentalist and music critic John Sullivan Dwight. Especially significant are the murals, supervised by Sullivan, which allude to multiple … Continue reading

Comments Off on Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Auditorium

Filed under Architecture, Iconography

Sämtliche Orgelwerke/Complete Organ Works

In 2013 Breitkopf & Härtel launched the Bach series Sämtliche Orgelwerke/Complete Organ Works with Präludien und fugen I/Preludes and fugues I, edited by David Schulenberg. In this new edition Schulenberg presents a new evaluation of the extant sources, based as faithfully as possible on the manuscripts … Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Baroque era, New editions, New series

A new Otakar Zich edition

The opera Vina (Guilt) by the Czech composer Otakar Zich (above, 1879–1934) was one of the most highly anticipated—and hotly debated—musical premieres at Prague’s National Theatre in 1922. Composed between 1911 and 1915, Vina’s three-act score reflects many trends of … Continue reading

Comments Off on A new Otakar Zich edition

Filed under New editions, Romantic era

Brahms and the “cremation cantata”

Mathilde Wesendonck (above) is known to music historians for her romantic entanglement with and artistic influence on Wagner in the 1850s. What is less commonly known is that once her relationship with Wagner had cooled she became an admirer and … Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Curiosities, Literature, Romantic era

The Ring recast

Gil Kane’s and Roy Thomas’s graphic novel Richard Wagner’s “The ring of the Nibelung”  (New York: DC Comics, 1997) transforms Wagner’s dramma in musica into dramma in pittura. Kane’s artwork visually follows Wagner’s musical fabric while retaining the means of … Continue reading


Filed under Opera, Visual art

Werner Schroeter and Kulturscheisse

Werner Schroeter’s films abound with the artifice, staginess, recontextualizations, and quotations typical of both camp and kitsch. His achievement in Der Bomberpilot (1970) involves overturning mainstream interpretations of kitsch as a rejected externality by bringing what he called Kulturscheisse into productive play with contemporary … Continue reading

Comments Off on Werner Schroeter and Kulturscheisse

Filed under Humor

Franck and Rodin

Both César Franck and Auguste Rodin belonged to the Symbolist movement of the late 19th century, with its sacred ideal and interest in phenomena of metamorphosis. They also shared the same mythical view of woman and the same sensuality, with … Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Curiosities, Iconography, Romantic era, Visual art

Analyze this!

Analysis of compositions has long been one of the mainstays of Western musicology. What, in turn, are the mainstays of analysis? We recently checked RILM’s database to see which works have inspired the largest numbers of analytical studies. The hands-down … Continue reading

Comments Off on Analyze this!

Filed under RILM, Theory

The Hindenburg piano

The first piano ever to be carried on a passenger aircraft was created by the Julius Blüthner Pianofortefabrik for the ill-fated Hindenburg airship. The lightweight aluminum alloy grand piano weighed only 162 kg (356 lbs). The frame, rim, fallboard, and … Continue reading


Filed under Curiosities, Instruments