Sunday, December 30, 2007

Welcome to a new RW blog

Happy New Year to Wagnerians all over the world! This is the Boston Wagner Society's first blog. We hope you will visit frequently. Feel free to send us your comments, which will be moderated and may be edited.

If you are reading this post, then you must be familiar with or at least curious about the incomparable and sublime music of Richard Wagner. Wagner did nothing less than change the course of music history with his revolutionary ideas. He left a huge legacy for his followers, and today's composers continue to be influenced by his innovations. 

Those of us who are not in the business of writing music can but listen in awe and wonder at this unparalleled expression of our innermost thoughts and feelings, states of mind that some of us may be too afraid to reveal. The sheer breadth of Wagner's music leaves us speechless. It is deep and wide, ranging from the most sublime altruism to the most despicable act of betrayal. As we witness a Wagnerian music drama unfold, we experience passionate love as never before, profound sorrow and compassion, moral indignation, and rapture. To listen to Wagner is an act of courage. 

We hope you will join us in the adventure of listening and sending us your opinions on what you hear.