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    • Zeev, Haifa
    • 08.04.12 | 08:46 (IDT)

    So, here we go again! Wagner the anti-Semite! Tannhäuser is deemed to be unfit to be played to the people of the Judenstaat! It may come as a surprise to many of your readers to learn that our own Theodor Herzl had been a confirmed Wagner lover. Here is what he wrote: “I felt something like a rustle over my head when I wrote [the book „Der Judenstaat“]. I worked on it daily until I was fully exhausted. My only relaxation in the evenings was listening to the music of Wagner. In particular to the Tannhäuser which I attended as often as it was offered. Only on evenings when no opera was staged, did I feel doubts about the correctness of my thoughts.” - Th. Herzl, „Zionistische Schriften“, „Selbstbiographie“, page 14. Jüdischer Verlag, Berlin, 1934.) From this, it is not unreasonable to conclude that Herzl found inspiration for his “Der Judenstaat” in the music of Richard Wagner. Perhaps it would not even be an exaggeration to state that Wagner has some share in the creation of the state of Israel. Although I personally manage quite well without the music of Wagner,- I herewith put on record the serious proposal to stage a gala performance of Wagner’s "Tannhäuser", next year in Jerusalem. Evidently under the baton of Daniel Barenboim! This, in honour of Wagner’s 200th birthday in 2013.

    from the article: Israeli Opera rejects dance troupe's overture to Wagner
    First published 00:51 08.04.12 | Last updated 00:51 08.04.12
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