Richard Wagner’s Controversial Legacy with Alex Ross

Episode 104 of Sound Expertise

How should we understand the legacy of Richard Wagner, the most controversial composer in history? Why did Wagner’s music and ideas once assume such a colossal influence on culture, and what does it mean that the multiplicity of that influence has been largely forgotten in light of his anti-Semitism? A conversation with Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker and author of the forthcoming book Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music.

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A written transcript of this episode is available here; many, many thanks to Andrew Dell’Antonio for volunteering to prepare transcripts for the show!

Stay tuned for Episode 105, coming next Tuesday, August 18: an interview with Micaela Baranello on Viennese operetta!