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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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by Jeff Hilton A READER HAS asked me to recommend a list of recordings of Western music performed by Western musicians. During long and hard cogitation I have made lists of the Ten Greatest Recordings and the Hundred Greatest Recordings, but these lists are too personal and include many recordings that…
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INTERPRETATION, the element that give a particular flavor to music, can be the difference between a good and a bad performance. When the interpretation is distorted for whatever reason, a wholesale alteration of the composition occurs. There are built-in constraints to distortion in instrumental…
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by Michael J. Polignano RECENTLY I WENT to the San Francisco Opera’s new production of Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman (Der Fliegende Holländer), and I thought I would share my reactions, since they relate to larger issues. (ILLUSTRATION: Richard Wagner (1813-1883).) It was…
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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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A UKRAINIAN-BORN pianist was barred from playing at Canada’s Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) for expressing views on the situation in Ukraine via Twitter, according to the soloist herself. The move led to a social media storm tagged #LetValentinaPlay. The orchestra has officially announced…
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THE New York Times reports that the Carnegie Hall performance of a young Estonian-born composer’s piece, “March to Oblivion” (“Marsh u Nebuttya”), has been canceled by the New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) because one section of the score contains the melody from the Horst Wessel…
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IN DISCUSSING the music of the West, a line can almost be drawn at the beginning of the 20th century. It was at that time that “modern” philosophies and ideologies assumed hegemony over the artistic scene. That serious music would change course and fall largely under the sway of Jewish pens…
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