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Alex Ross on Wagner

66 mins watch time

Posted November 2021

Culture

What does it mean to be a Wagnerian? Alex Ross is our guide to the legacy of history’s most influential and controversial composer. From the novels of Philip K Dick and the Zionist writings of Theodor Herzl, we’ll meet geniuses, madmen, charlatans and prophets as they do battle over Wagner’s many-sided legacy. Today, his shadow still lingers over popular culture, his mythic motifs coursing through superhero films and fantasy fiction. But, since Hitler incorporated Wagner into the soundtrack of Nazi Germany, his very name has become almost synonymous with evil.