Tom Stammers: Wagnerism, 4 August 2022
Show More Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music by Alex Ross.
Fourth Estate, 769 pp., £14.99, September 2021, 978 0 00 842294 3Show More
“... and reverie in the dark created a sense of initiation in a Wagnerian cult.‘Wagnerism’, Alex Ross claims, has become a ‘synonym for grandiose, bombastic, overbearing, or, simply, very long’. His analysis of Wagner’s reception attempts to pinpoint the origins of these associations and interrogate their legitimacy. He is not concerned here ...”