27. January 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, Other People's Words

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Mahler’s ‘hideousness’ cannot be ignored

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January 27, 2008

I am a musician, concert-goer, opera lover and, hopefully, a compassionate human being. Therefore, I strongly disagree with Valerie Scher’s statement that Wagner’s beliefs should be separated from his music (“Looking beyond composer’s dark shadow: Wagner’s work should be separated from the taint of his anti-Semitic beliefs,” Jan. 21, Currents Monday).

As Dan just suggested, they really did separate Wagner’s hideousness from his music … referring to Mahler rather than Wagner in that headline. (Or he said something like that, anyway. I am not quoting him exactly.)

Anyway … BIG oops!

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