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    .....Judiasm in Music is that Wagner had it reprinted later in life, i.e. he basically doubled down on what he wrote.  In addition, Swafford quotes Peter Gay's characterization of Levi as "Richard Wagner's favorite conductor and Jewish whipping boy".  Swafford also says that Wagner "could not help taunting his disciple with antisemitic gibes".  Levi evidently made excuses to his father on Wagner's behalf.

    My understanding is also that Cosima Wagner was a lot worse than her husband with respect to being a raving anti-Semite, which is saying something.

    "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

    by chingchongchinaman on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 10:14:39 PM PST

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    •  Antisemitism grew as a political movement long (0+ / 0-)

      after Judaism in Music was written, especially in France culminating in the Dreyfus trial. It wasn't endorsed in Germany at all. I think Bismarck referred to the Jews as
      the champaign of Germany. Wagner was extremely overbearing and egotistical, for example he stole his second wife from his conductor and supporter von Bulow and republished just about everything he ever did. He told Schumann how to write his operas and I think he had Brahms copy out Rheingold as a favor. Bruckner always addressed him as the Master.
      What I am saying is that Wagner's anti-semitism was
      not much more than garden variety prejudice and a reflection of his personality, not the paranoia of the true anti-semite. I don't think bigotry alone leads to such a mass psychosis but conspiracy theories, pseudoscience,
      and fanaticism do (of which there is an abundance these days).  

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