“Parsifal” (Wagner) premiered on July 26 1882

The Poem Parzival, an epic poem, is one of the masterpieces of the Middle Ages, written between 1200 and 1210 in Middle High German by Wolfram von Eschenbach. This 16-book, 25,000-line poem is in part a religious allegory describing Parzival’s painful journey from utter ignorance and naïveté to spiritual awareness. The poem introduced the theme… Continue reading “Parsifal” (Wagner) premiered on July 26 1882

Wagner & Cigar

~Notes from this book on Richard Wagner — Wagnerism / Art and Politics in the shadow of music, by Alex Ross ~Listening to Jessye Norman, Plácido Domingo, and Kurt Moll in “Parsifal”, by Wagner ~The Royal Salomones from Davidoff

Even a long cigar will not outlast a Wagner

Royal Salomones, Davidoff of Geneva, and Wagnerism, by Alex Ross Just finished listening to Parsifal, Richard Wagner’s last opera. The cigar I celebrated with — the Salomones Royal from Davidoff — lasted three hours. The opera goes for 4:30 hours. A long double pleasure.

“Parsifal” premiered on this day of 1882

ACT I Near the sanctuary of the Holy Grail, the old knight Gurnemanz and two sentries wake and perform their morning prayers, while other knights prepare a bath for their ailing ruler Amfortas, who suffers from an incurable wound. Suddenly, Kundry—a mysterious, ageless woman who serves as the Grail’s messenger—appears. She has brought medicine for… Continue reading “Parsifal” premiered on this day of 1882

When a Day foretells itself in Absence

Coffee and Cornbread breakfast, in preparation for a Parsifal day. That was the Richard Wagner week. The New York Metropolitan Opera streamed some of his masterpieces on a daily basis. Today I will be delighting in yesterday’s streaming of Parsifal. Knowing the schedule in advance, has allowed me to prepare each day accordingly, more or… Continue reading When a Day foretells itself in Absence