Edinburgh Society of Musicians

Sunday 24th April 2016 7.30pm

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 19:30
MATTHEW SERGEANT: Semiotics, Poststructuralism and Leitmotifs

Leitmotifs are a series of audio signals or symbols in Wagner's narratives. They serve to signify literal or figurative presences - characters (living/non-living, human/non-human), concepts, places or ideas (&tc). Together they form a web of...Read more

Sunday 3rd April 2016 7.30pm

Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 19:30
DEREK WILLIAMS: Wagner and the Third Reich

Long before Richard Wagner emerged as a political and theatrical figure around the time of Bismarck’s 1871 German unification, which gave full citizenship to Germany’s Jewish minority, antisemitism was already ubiquitous and entrenched.  Martin Luther...Read more

Sunday 28th February 2016 7.30pm

Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 19:30 to 21:30
JOHN WALLACE: Wagner's place in the development of the idiom of brass instruments

The long nineteenth century was a period of great new invention in brass instruments, which enjoyed unparalleled public popularity as instruments of entertainment and recreation. Wagner took to chromatic brass early, and fused old idioms...Read more

Sunday 27 September 2015 7.30pm

Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 19:30 to Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 22:00
SIMON REES: Wagner, Mathilde Wesendonck and the origins of Tristan and Isolde

Richard Wagner and his wife Minna were the guests of the rich Zurich silk-merchant Otto Wesendonck and his wife the poet Mathilde Wesendonck during the time when Wagner was working on Tristan und Isolde. Wagner...Read more



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