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  • The Influence Of Beauty And Art Changed By William H. Gass

    what can be considered art is such a large expansion that hardly any notions made about one piece can hold up to another. Artists create their works for a vast amount of different reasons, and some are solely for the purpose of an ethical or moral standpoint while others are simply for the sake of beauty or emotion. Artists’ morality will not always bleed into a work of art, but there are a great number of cases where they do. Also, not to mention, all moral claims are entirely subjective to the artist and audience. The stance that morality can not overcome the beauty of artwork is neither true nor false, in fact it is completely dependent on the artist or audience themselves. Producing examples, Gass conjures the circumstances of Richard Wagner, the late German composer. Gass mentions Wagner’s views of anti-Semitism, a prejudice against Jewish people. The philosopher argues that Wagner’s hostile views will not bleed into his operas or discount the beauty of it all (210). However, since art is subjective, consider being Jewish and attending an opera of Wagner’s knowing of his anti-Semitism. Would one be able to fully appreciate the beauty of an artwork if he knew the hatred behind the artist? Especially if the artist had aimed his or her hatred at you personally? Each simple allusion or reference in the opera could become an allusion to hostility or bigotry when interpretation is fully up to the audience. It is then, after a method of interpretation, that Wagner’s morals…

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  • The Role Of Richard Wagner's Music In The 21st Century

    A majority of people seem to agree the Wagner was an anti-Semite. Among those people, a debate has emerged as to the place of Wagner’s music in our current society. Over the course of this essay I attempt to make sense of this debate and try come to a conclusion about what place Wagner’s music should have in the 21st Century. At the same time, I am to provide context by noting his impact on music and looking toward Israel where the topic of Wagner’s music seems to be most controversial. Despite…

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  • Music Of The Third Reich Analysis

    Music of the Third Reich During the Nazi regime, Hitler and his party members used propaganda as an integral method to promote the philosophies of the Third Reich. Due to Hitler’s lifelong passion for it, music became one of the essential avenues of Hitler’s propaganda messages. Bruckner, Beethoven and most Notably Wagner were just a few of the many composers whom were glorified by Hitler. Through a discriminant handpicking of composers, the Nazi regime was able to rewrite German music history…

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  • Beethoven 7th Symphony Analysis

    Modesto Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s 7th Symphony The performance started out with “Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg “The Master-Singers of Nuremberg”” composed by Richard Wagner. Wagner was a German composer mainly known for his amazing operas. He was born in Germany in May of 1813 and lived through the romantic era of music. The entire opera has to be one of the longest that is commonly performed, typically taking close to four and a half hours. In this performance, however, they…

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  • Carmen's Love To Carmen

    The opera starts in Seville, a city square by a cigarette factory where a young beautiful gypsy Carmen finds the love of her life. All of the Factory men would die for her however, Don jose the men that was paying no attention to her caught Carmen’s interest. To show him that she was interested in him she throws a flower at him so he can notice her. As the opera continues Don Jose falls deeply in love with Carmen although he got sent to prison and now is leaving to the military; he expresses his…

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  • Richard Wagner: A Great Composer Of Music

    Richard Wagner was a great composer of music that shaped history as we know it. His music was full of passion and despite his many characteristic flaws, he was able to convey great emotion and love in his music. Wagner composed 13 operas with his most famous works like Tristan und Isolde, Lohengrin, Parsifal, and Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg(The Mastersingers of Nuremberg.) He transformed the way opera was written and performed by actually doing the libretto himself. The longest opera he…

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  • Richard Wagner: The Rise Of The Modern Italian Opera

    However, Wagner was a narcissist, and a scoundrel. Though he and Verdi were rivals and contemporaries, Wagner made it a point to never talk or think about Verdi much. He was also a known anti-Semite, a person who did not pay his debts and an adulterer. The revolt that brought down the French monarchy in 1848 instigated revolution in Germany of which Wagner became a participant. He supported the democratic-republican movement in 1849 and drafted the Zurich essays decrying the influence of…

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  • Figurative Language In Richard Cory, By Edwin Arlington Robinson

    “Richard Cory”, written by Edwin Arlington Robinson, portrays a man’s life story only through the effect of his personality upon those who admire him. The poem is separated into four stanzas, each unfolding a different aspect of the protagonist’s life represented by the townspeople. This poem is devoid of almost any literary elements and figurative language; however, the words themselves still have resonance. By formulating assumptions and opinions of how the other half lives, the “people on the…

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  • Stephen King Why We Crave Horror Movies Essay

    Stephen King, a talented horror fiction writer, published an article in Playboy magazine called “Why We Crave Horror Movies.” The author tries to prove modern day horror movies are a relief of violence and also can calm the negative nerves in the mind. In several ways these things can be related to real life situations. My relief of violence is dancing around in my room and reading my bible and horror movies allows us a chance to indulge in that sick imagination of ours so we do not act on them,…

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  • The Importance Of Forgiveness In Jonathan Livingston Seagull

    Fighting is always easier than forgiving, for placing blame brings no tarnish to oneself. As humans (and seagulls) we cannot hope to move forward without leaving what holds us down behind us. In Richard Bach’s novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull, forgiveness is weaved throughout the tale of a seagull, daring to go beyond the norm, facing the consequences for the pursuit of happiness. Despite his banishment from the rest of the flock, Jonathan begins the discoverence of the secrets of flying by…

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