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“Joy is not in things; it is in us”
Richard Wagner
“I believe in God, Mozart and Beethoven, and likewise their disciples and apostles; - I believe in the Holy Spirit and the truth of the one, indivisible Art; - I believe that this Art proceeds from God, and lives within the hearts of all illumined men; - I believe that he who once has bathed in the sublime delights of this high Art, is consecrate to Her for ever, and never can deny Her; - I believe that through Art all men are saved.”
Richard Wagner
“Imagination creates reality.”
Richard Wagner
tags: art
“Many's the man/ who thought himself wise/ but what he needed/ he did not know...”
Richard Wagner, The Ring of the Nibelung
“Joy is not in things; it is in us.”
Richard Wagner
tags: march
“Never look at the trombones, it only encourages them.”
Richard Wagner
“One might say that where Religion becomes artificial, it is reserved for Art to save the spirit of religion.”
Richard Wagner
“The oldest, truest, most beautiful organ of music, the origin to which alone our music owes its being, is the human voice.”
Richard Wagner
“I know of only one composer who measures up to Beethoven, and that is Bruckner.”
Richard Wagner
“Parsifal is on his way to the temple of the Grail Knights and says: “I hardly move, yet far I seem to have come”, and the all-knowing Gurnemanz replies: “You see, my son, time turns here into space”
Richard Wagner
tags: space, time
“Bruckner he is my man!”
Richard Wagner
“The French idea of playing an instrument well is to be able to SING well upon it.”
Richard Wagner, On Conducting (Üeber Das Dirigiren) : a Treatise on Style in the Execution of Classical Music
“But then such a book as this is not meant to amuse.”
Richard Wagner, Correspondence of Wagner and Liszt: Vol I. 1841-1854
“Alles ist nach seiner Art:
an ihr wirst du nichts ändern”
Richard Wagner, The Ring of the Nibelung
“Unicamente los hombres fuertes conocen el amor, solamente el amor incluye la belleza, solamente la belleza produce el arte. El amor de los débiles entre sí no puede producir sino la satisfacción de sus apetencias lujuriosas.”
Richard Wagner
“Der Gesang ist die in höchster Leidenschaft erregte Rede: die Musik ist die Sprache der Leidenschaft.”
Richard Wagner
“What was infinitely more valuable to Wagner, and what excited his gratitude to even more superlative utterance, was the confidence which Liszt showed in his genius, and without which, it is no exaggeration to say, Wagner’s greatest works would probably have remained unwritten.”
Richard Wagner, Correspondence of Wagner and Liszt: Vol I. 1841-1854
“ΠΑΡΣΙΦΑΛ: «Μόλις και μετά βίας βαδίζω, κι όμως νιώθω πως ήδη έχω πάει πολύ μακριά!»

ΓΚΟΥΡΝΕΜΑΝΤΣ: «Βλέπεις, γιε μου, σ’ αυτό εδώ το μέρος ο χρόνος γίνεται χώρος!»

("Zum Raum wird hier die Zeit")”
Wagner, Richard
“Ist der Mensch, der nach dem Gott sich sehnt, nicht vernichtet?”
Richard Wagner
“[...] he played me the Fourth Prelude and Fugue (C-sharp minor). Now, I knew what to expect from Liszt at the pianoforte; but from Bach himself, much as I had studied him, I never expected what I learnt that day. For then I saw the difference between study and revelation; through his rendering of this single fugue Liszt revealed the whole of Bach to me, so that I now know of a surety where I am with him, can take his every bearing from this point, and conquer all perplexity and every doubt by power of strong faith.”
Richard Wagner
tags: music
“Only the Strong know Love; only Love can fathom Beauty; only Beauty can fashion Art.”
Richard Wagner, Art And Revolution
“Frisch weht der Wind
Der Heimat zu
Mein Irisch Kind,
Wo weilest du?”
Richard Wagner, Tristan et Isolde
“Who could look all his life long with an open mind and a free heart, at this world of murder and theft, organised and legalised through lying, deception, and hypocrisy, without having to turn away, shuddering in disgust? Whence then would one avert one’s gaze? All too often into the vale of death. To him, however, who is otherwise called and singled out by destiny, there appears the truest reflection of the world itself, as the foretold exhortation of redemption, despatched by its [the world’s] innermost soul.”
Richard Wagner
“Erhebe dich, Genossin meiner Schmach!
Der junge Tag darf hier uns nicht mehr sehn.

Arise, companion of my shame!
Daybreak must not find us here.”
Richard Wagner, Lohengrin
tags: opera
“Weh! Weh!
Süssestes Weib!
Du traurigste aller Getreuen!
Gegen dich wütet
in Waffen die Welt:
und ich, dem du einzig vertraut,
für den du ihr einzig getrotzt,
mit meinem Schutz
nicht soll ich dich schirmen,
die Kühne verraten im Kampf?
Ha, Schande ihm,
der das Schwert mir schuf,
beschied er mir Schimpf für Sieg!
Muss ich denn fallen,
nicht fahr' ich nach Walhall:
Hella halte mich fest!”
Richard Wagner, Die Walküre
“We turn our eyes away from distance, we raise them in our home again, and there we see a prince whom his people loves, not in the mere sense of old-traditional allegiance to his family, no! of pure love for himself, for his ownest I. We love him because he is what he is, we love his pure virtue, his high sense of honour, his probity, his clemency. So from a full a heart I cry aloud in joy: -
That is the man of Providence.”
Richard Wagner, Art and Politics
“Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond,
In mildem Lichte leuchtet der Lenz.”
Richard Wagner
tags: opera

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