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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000316.txt from 2005/05

From: "John W. Sheridan" <>
Subj: [kl] Wagner!
Date: Tue, 24 May 2005 03:03:47 -0400

I haven't written to this group in a number of years, but this Wagner
slamming has got my pressure up. I totally agree the man was NOT a nice
guy - so what! His music expresses the most beauty and passion of any
composer past or present that I am aware of, and I have a university degree
in the field! What person involved in music could deny the magic of
Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde, the majestic and stirring themes like
Ride of the Valkeries, Lohengrin, and others. The Pilgrims' Chorus from
Tannhauser in monumental as a religious hymn. If our half vast critic has
been married and marched in to the Bridal Chorus, then he's being two faced
as well as a bigot!
While money couldn't pay me to sit through long hours of Wagner's operas, he
has to his credit added immeasurable to our rich music heritage. In being
so ignorantly critical of music he isn't familiar with, our critic has
proven himself equally offensive as the man he so strongly criticizes.
Enough is enough.

John W. Sheridan

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