It is dificult to achieve how profoundly Wagner affected the cultural and ideological sensibilities of the 19th century. Wagnerism swiftly unfold all through Europe, in part as a result of Wagner's propagandizing expertise and the fervour of his adherents. however the major reason behind his ascendance was once the unexpected visual appeal of what the century had desperately attempted to provide because the beginnings of Romanticism - a piece of paintings at the scale of significant Greek and Christian paintings. finally, the following it was once: the key of what Hegel referred to as the "religion of artwork" rediscovered.
The first scenes of the ebook current a old series that's punctuated through the Franco-Prussian struggle and the Paris Commune, during which the common unbridling of countries and periods is prefigured. the second one sign in sure results of Wagnerism that aren't simply ideological yet make themselves felt in a brand new political configuration of the "national" and the "social."
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