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.
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