Friday, October 06, 2006


A friend has mentioned that the title of this blog may attract a certain amount of interest from Wagnerians. If you are a Wagnerian I`m afraid you will find little of interest here: I resolved at the age of 40 to listen to the Ring but now at 47 I have only got half way through and haven`t started Siegfried. However I was sent this from Wikipedia:

Siegfried is the third of the four operas that comprise Der Ring desNibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), by Richard Wagner. It receivedits premiere at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus on 16 August 1876, as part ofthe first complete performance of The Ring.Noted excerptsAs with the rest of the Ring, a few excerpts are heard outside the operahouse. The most common heard excerpt from Siegfried is the ForestMurmurs.

That`s about it for Wagner on this blog.


Alnwickian said...

What a shame you are struggling with Wagner. He is one of the greatest geniuses of European civilisation.

Maybe you run the sort of parish where there is a 'folk group' and the "Peruvian Gloria" rather than Gregorian Chant and Palestrina.

Fr Michael Brown said...

I`ll have another go at Wagner soon. I`m working on the musical situation here. I have introduced an occasional plainchant Sunday and recently our choir went to a plainchant study day at the Sage. We are fortunate to have the help of the director of the Schola Gregoriana of Northumbria for our chant Sundays. However he is hard to pin down as he is often away for musical trips at the weekend. I hope to have a chant Sunday again, maybe on the last Sunday of October.