Wagner and Nietzsche: A Total Work of Art?

26 Feb

A Gesamtkunstwerk Relationship?


The relationship between Wagner and Nietzsche was of a polarised intensity.  Nietzsche went from being one of Wagner’s closest friends and admirers, to being his an ardent critic and fervent enemy. In his work The Birth of Tragedy (1868), Nietzsche regards Wagner as the redeemer of Greek tragedy and a force of good on the future of music. Yet by The Case of Wagner (1888), Wagner is shown to embody a disease, draining the last remaining life from German music and not only personifying, but actively leading the way in the cultural decadence that Nietzsche saw to be consuming contemporary society.

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2 Responses to “Wagner and Nietzsche: A Total Work of Art?”

  1. kalani April 30, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    I feel like I’ve seen this blog before on , but upon taking a while on here it’s clear that this is a new web page.

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    • ArtiPeep April 30, 2013 at 10:18 am #


      Thank you for your comment. You may well have seen this post before. Tania Halban, who is ArtiPeeps’ intermittent ‘music correspondent’ sometimes shares her blogs with us from her site: notesonnotes. This is where you’ve probably seen it previously. We’re lucky to have her! I’m also very glad to hear you’ve bookmarked us. There’s always lots of creative collaborations and features afoot on the site. I hope you return, and thank you for your interest.

      All the very best.

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