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Wagner at the Venusberg

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Saturday 28 Apr 2018
3:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Queensland Multicultural Centre



In Tannhäuser, the tension that was becoming a feature of Wagner’s art – between the forces of erotic love and compassionate renunciation – is resolved in favour of compassion. In this session we’ll sample some original music of the most celebrated Minnesinger of the 13th century, Walther von der Vogelweide who appears as a character in Wagner’s opera, view a Hollywood re-enactment of the Pilgrims’ Chorus set in Wagner’s day, and appreciate why Liszt, Schumann, Hanslick and others were bowled over by this extraordinary work in 1845.