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Archive for August 6, 2013

“The Gnome Has Gone Crazy”

Alberich pleads with his son, Hagen

If there’s one line that sums up Wagner’s Ring operas, perhaps that’s it. The Nibelung, Alberich, has had it with love and decides to ruin it for everyone else. Of course, afternoon soaps have nothing on Wagner; how Alberich’s curse works its poison only just out-paces the follies

Schubert’s Enablers

Schubertiade, by Julius Schmid

At times, Franz Schubert was a couch surfer; he constantly ran out of money, and even depended on friends and neighbors for use of a piano. We’ve all known the type: “He’s basically a good guy. He has such incredible talent; if he could just get his life together.”

Today, one would say that Schubert’s friends “enabled” him

Chime-in: Most Important Musical Event?

  For our Chicago-themed month: What was the most important Chicago musical event of your lifetime and why?