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Re: Richard Strauss Apline Symphony
Posted by Geoff Diggines on December 14, 2016, 9:42 am, in reply to "Re: Richard Strauss Apline Symphony"
Dear Nick, I was more putting Riefenstahl's mountain films as part of the same overall cultural context.,how they were later received etc. A bit like the revolting sentimental Nazi 'blood and soil' films. Of course Riefenstahl, as an obedient Nazi, went on to celebrate her Fuhrer with 'Triumph of the Will'(1936). You misread my mention of Der Rosenkavalier, which I was using to denote the composer. The musical 'onomatopoeia' was in reference to the 'Alpine Symphony'which is full of rather banal musical onomatopoeia. Rosenkavalier is one of Strauss's best works, although when Klemperer, when asked why he never conducted it, responded with'I don't conduct sugar water'. Klemperer himself lived through the Weimar era and found himself exiled in 1933, to save his life.
When you mention 'political ideas' I am not sure what you mean? The musicians artists, philosopher's I mentioned were all very different. They were all critical of what they called the Bourgeois culture of excess and decadence (especially Brecht, Benjamin and Adorno) But if they had one thing in common, they were all anti-fascists, or approaching Fascism; which Richard Strauss was certainly not. It is slightly amusing to hear todays critics (not necessarily you) defending their right to stay out of a context. Those, like Adorno and Walter Benjamin, who took his life while being hunted by the Gestapo, had no choice of context, they were prisoners of their contexts. And, I should have stated more clearly that it is the mainstream music, and theatre, critics, who have descended into 'bland and reactionary eclecticism'. And this not to tar them with an extra-musical negative brush, it is an empirical fact! they all inescapably exist in a wider context. But I miss real critics like Adorno, in 30's Vienna and Berlin. And more recent critics like Peter Heyworth, Deryck Cooke and the much mentioned Ernest Newman. But there are signs that things are improving with non-mainstream online criticism. We will have to wait and see whether it will replace the self-serving,cosy eclecticism of the mainstream critical fraternity.
- Richard Strauss Apline Symphony - Geoff Diggines December 13, 2016, 10:47 am
- Re: Richard Strauss Apline Symphony - Ralph Moore December 13, 2016, 1:31 pm
- Re: Richard Strauss Apline Symphony - Des Hutchinson December 13, 2016, 1:33 pm
- Re: Richard Strauss Apline Symphony - Colin Mackie December 13, 2016, 2:05 pm
- Re: Richard Strauss Apline Symphony - paul corfield godfrey December 13, 2016, 2:22 pm
- Re: Richard Strauss Apline Symphony - Nick Barnard December 14, 2016, 12:14 am
- Re: Richard Strauss Apline Symphony - Geoff Diggines December 14, 2016, 9:42 am
- Re: Richard Strauss Apline Symphony - Dominy Clements December 15, 2016, 11:09 am
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