Crack house demolition, St. Stephen New Brunswick

The Start of My Own Political Campaign – Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden I:II:2

“The Start of My Own Political Campaign,” a poem from Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden was published in Fredericton’s St. Thomas University’s Nashwaak Review, volume 30/31, in 2013. Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden discusses problems that are examined in Richard Wagner’s tetralogy, The Ring of the Nibelung, and the problems presented by the composer himself, his work, and the…

Wotan’s Farewell – Die Walküre

The finest music in the Ring, and the most telling drama. And, I think, the turning point in the tetralogy, where it moves from the divine to the human, and the loss that is in the awareness thereof. The severing of child from the divinity in the parent; of what that is lost therefrom to…

The Rainbow Bridge at the conclusion of Das Rheingold, in Robert Lepage's production.

Richard Wagner – Das Rheingold (1854)

Watched Robert Lepage’s 2010 staging of Wagner’s Das Rheingold at the Met, with Levine conducting. I was interested particularly how “the machine” served the staging, and I am unconvinced, with singers sliding here and there, and guy ropes keeping others from sliding at all. It reminded me a bit of Edmonton winter sidewalks on a…

The Norns in the Prologue of Götterdämmerung, in the Robert Lepage production at the Metropolitan Opera

The Sword and the Renunciation of Love in Wagner’s Ring

A Brief Note on Aspects of Artistic Symbolism This morning I completed re-reading Deryck Cooke’s brilliant if demanding interpretation of Rheingold and The Valkyrie, in his I Saw the World End; and returned to his introductory material. In this chapter on the puzzle, and the problem, of The Ring, Cooke discusses the difficulty of interpretation of…

Virgin Ring – Seattle Opera, 2005

While still in a Wagnerian intoxication induced by the Seattle Opera, I wrote this little piece in the fall of 2005, to record several personal Leitmotive of a Virgin Ring I am still recovering from the Seattle Ring. I hope never to recover fully. The Ring is one of those fundamental artistic works in the…

Nietszche

Wagner, Nietzsche, Toscanini

Sunday, 17 June 2007, 8:17 am, St. Stephen, NB Better part of the day on NACLAA, writing the final assignment for the financial management course and completing the readings for the policy course; the latter were dull, and it took some pushing. Late in the afternoon, resumed work on poetry. *** “… in Wagner [Nietzsche]…