Richard Wagner, Munich and the Erotic Impulse
Presented by Goethe-Institut Boston
September 11, 2012
Men as different as Nietzsche, Thomas Mann, and Hitler have responded with near rapture to Richard Wagner’s music. Audiences since the 1860s have perceived his music as erotic and eroticizing. Prof. Laurence Dreyfus (Oxford) explains the biographical, cultural and musical elements that constitute Wagner’s sexual magic and the ways in which he fit into the dynamics of Munich society. Musical examples are performed by the pianists Philip Liston-Kraft and Daniel Weiser.