Richard Wagner, Das Judenthum in der Musik - Performance with Wagner Text and Musik
In September 1850 Richard Wagner’s essay “Das Judenthum in der Musik” [Judaism in Music] appeared in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik under the pseudonym K.[Karl] Freigedank.
The essay was a reaction to an article written by his friend Theodor Uhlig in the same journal about the “Hebrew artistic taste.” Wagner wrote of the need to discuss the matter in greater detail to “explain to ourselves the involuntary repellence possessed for us by the nature and personality of the Jews, so as to vindicate that instinctive dislike which we plainly recognize as stronger and more overpowering than our conscious zeal to rid ourselves thereof.” In 1869 Wagner published an expanded version of the essay under his own name.
The moderator and musicologist Otto Brusatti will read from Wagner’s controversial essay. The ensemble klezmer reloaded will seek new musical directions on the basis of Wagner pieces (from the Ring, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, and Tristan & Isolde).
An event in connection with the exhibition “Euphoria and Unease – Jewish Vienna and Richard Wagner.”