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Wagner & Me

In the 2010 documentary Wagner and Me Stephen Fry explores the life and works of composer Richard Wager (1813-1883). Fry, a life-long admirer of the composer, explores the compositional and dramatic genius of Wagner while trying to reconcile Wagner’s radical and unsavory political views. The documentary poses an interesting question: Can one enjoy and appreciate a man’s art while vehemently rejecting his political and social views? This enjoyable documentary provides and informative history of the composer, beautiful performances, and a wonderful explanation of the famous Tristan chord. It is available to watch streaming on Netflix.

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