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The Case Against Wagner

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The Case Against Wagner (originally published in 1888) was one Nietzsche's last books, and his wittiest. In Wagner's music, in his doctrine, in his whole concept of art, Nietzsche saw the confirmation, the promotion, even the encouragement, of that decadence and degeneration which is now rampant in Europe; and it is for this reason, although to the end of his life he still ...more
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Published June 1st 2003 by University Press of the Pacific (first published 1st 1888)
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Nikolaus Geromont
Nietzsche takes on one of his one-time idols in art and philosophy and, as he has done with Schopenhauer, bashes him with a curt and powerful shotgun-blast of criticisms, sarcasm and ire. He portrays contemporary Richard Wagner, one of the greatest (in more than one sense of the word) operatic composers history has known, as a product of his time, going hand-in-hand with the rise of the Bismarck's German Empire. In the philosopher's mind, Wagner has tilted the production of music into moral deca ...more
Aug 24, 2013 Marie-aimée rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Une longue diatribe contre la musique wagnérienne, qui, pour Nietzsche, serait l'archétype de la lourdeur et de l'imposture, témoin d'une décadence sans conteste de son temps. J'avoue que le sujet choisi pourrait se justifier (c'est avant tout une question de goût musicaux et de contexte historique) mais c'est tellement lourd que ça en devient pénible à lire. Je résume en bref : Nietzsche n'aime pas/plus la musique wagnérienne.
Nicolas Baygert
Jul 23, 2011 Nicolas Baygert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pamphlet présentant Wagner comme névrose et s’érigeant contre la consécration du comédien, témoin de l’entropie moderne: "Que le théâtre ne devienne pas l’art souverain. Que le comédien ne devienne pas corrupteur des purs. Que la musique ne devienne pas un art de mentir."

Ainsi pour Nietzsche, Wagner et Victor Hugo signifient une seule et même chose : "que dans les cultures de décadence, et surtout là où la décision revient aux masses, l’authenticité devient superflue, néfaste, séparatrice. Seul
Trevor Durham
After his early friend's death, Nietzsche finally lashed out after their lengthy feud, by an entire tract insulting his deceased comrade. What a great guy.
Nicolas Mertens
Nietzsche and Wagner, too utterly brilliant German artists in their own respect. I can't say that I learned much I didn't already know about Wagner, but was is interesting about this work is the opinion of Wagner at the time and how highly Nietzsche thinks of him—and how inspirational he was. Though you already know about that if you've read part eight of 'Beyond Good and Evil.' I wasn't grueling over this book, but for a casual read, it gives a feel for Nietzsche's art criticism and Wagner's im ...more
Sheldon L
Very interesting ripping of Wagner... it has lots of criticism but at the same type, in a very Nietzschean style, his criticism is overladen with praise.
An interesting read on Nietzsche's view of art and theatre... mostly how art and theatre are representative of the dynamics of affirmation/negation as well as the sickness of (Christian) artificiality in society.
Garrett Dunnington
Feb 11, 2012 Garrett Dunnington rated it really liked it
The themes of this title run along with the same Kantian idea of one medium as an end to a means. I definitely see where Nietzsche is coming from. To the German republic, Wagner was a hero and all there was at this time... The gaudiness and pretense in his music painted darkly on the psyche of Nietzsche. It was to him an indicator of abuse of final expression.
Leonard Houx
One of the most important texts I have ever read, both on art and education. There isn't anyone who doesn't have something to gain from The Case of Wagner.
Lane Wilkinson
Simply amazing how Nietzsche can be such an unabashed romantic.
...his wittiest? I prefer thus spoke zarathustra
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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844–1900) is a German philosopher of the late 19th century who challenged the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality. He was interested in the enhancement of individual and cultural health, and believed in life, creativity, power, and the realities of the world we live in, rather than those situated in a world beyond. Central to his philosophy is the ide ...more
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