Monday, June 8, 2009

Doesn't the Ring Cycle Belong in Appendix N?

Well, no, not if you weren't influenced by it, right.

I finished Proust, so I guess the next mammoth I need to eat is Der Ring des Nibelungen. Says on Wikipedia that Wagner wrote the four operas over the course of TWENTY-SIX years.

Of course, some dumbshit also wrote in that article: "Although individual operas are performed as works in their own right, a full understanding of the story of the Ring cycle requires attendance at all four operas, which was the intention and expectation of the composer."

Nerds. You gotta love 'em.

Still, even though it's probably bullshit, 26 years is a whole nother time scale--Proust wrote for 13 years, Tolkien and Joyce for a similar amount of time. But TWENTY-SIX. Rock stars is dead by 27!

Rhinegold here I come!


Chris said...

Wagner had a huge and influential fandom, Nietzsche as his raging fanboy/personal troll, and set up the Bayreuth Festival as his own personal "This is canon; you are not!" egostroke. He truly lived the geek dream, and is indeed a worthy subject for your attention. :)

♪ Kill da wabbit! Kill da wabbit! ♫

Aaron Nuttall said...

Wagner, the Ur-Nerd? This is an awesome thought.