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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000264.txt from 2005/05

From: "dnleeson" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Wagner again
Date: Sun, 15 May 2005 14:04:36 -0400

I saw a picture of the production of Tristan done in Munich. The
entire stage was empty except for an enormous and erect phallus.
I was reminded of Robin William's comment during an improvised
comedic depiction of Adam meeting Eve for the first time. Adam
shouted, "Stand back lady!! I don't know how big this thing is
going to get."

Dan Leeson

-----Original Message-----
From: Joseph Wakeling []
Sent: Sunday, May 15, 2005 10:53 AM
Subject: Re: [kl] Wagner again

dnleeson wrote:

> If one has to be told the details of the explicit sexuality in
> particular composition, it can't possibly be referred to as
> explicitly sexual. The Bolero is another work that is often
said to be
> explicitly sexual.

Well, I haven't heard Tristan and Isolde; my friend had, and he
telling me his interpretation of the music as part of his general
enthusiasm for Wagner's dramatic musicality. I don't think
anyone had
told *him* this interpretation; it came to him naturally from

Perhaps he's spoiled my opportunity to hear the work with open
ears, but
I still liked his story. :-)

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