Classic Essays

HOW TRUE were the accusations made by Richard Wagner in his famous article “Judaism in Music”? Was the theory of disproportionate Jewish influence realistic? Or was it the myth that Jewish apologists would have us believe? Ernest Newman’s four-volume biography of Wagner gives…
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Deep roots are untouched by frost. — J.R.R. Tolkien IT HAS BEEN said that the Germanic soul and the forest are one and the same thing: the mythological Forest that contrasts the splendid isolation of man in his solitude against the infinity of nature. Only this kind of soul could have such a word in its…
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THE DUTCH orchestral conductor Willem Mengelberg (pictured) was born of German parents, March 28, 1871, in Utrecht, The Netherlands. He died March 22, 1951, in Zuort, Switzerland, having lived his last six years in exile in his Swiss summer house. During his concert life he trained two orchestras,…
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The great conductor is one of those few men of whom it is only necessary to mention a single name — Karajan — and all people of our culture will know of whom you speak. by Mike Walsh HERBERT VON KARAJAN’s (pictured) enthusiasm for National Socialism never troubled him. He wouldn’t ever discuss…
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