they leapt into beauty; they were Monsalvat
, Walhalla, the towers of a
If luck was in, a pleased smile would greet you, as if to say, "I told you so, do what I tell you and it comes right," and then, "Plus loin, plus loin," and he would sing himself the next phrase, "Liegt eine Burg, die Monsalvat
genannt." How hopeless to try to get the sort of ripae ulterioris amor, very simple, very personal, but all accomplished by a definite technique: a tiny upward portamento, a half-smothered "M," a sudden piano, his marvelous voix etoufee; it was like a recipe, shake the bottle and apply the Elixir of Life.
It's interesting that Herheim's Parsifal, which treats the work historically as a parable of German guilt and redemption (and in so doing introduces Nazi banners and goose stepping storm troopers to the Bayreuth stage), is the most widely accepted of the recent productions, even though strictly speaking the conception is about as far from Wagner's Monsalvat
as Neuenfels's rats are from Brabant.
He is currently working on a book, The Road to Monsalvat
, about Wagner's "religion of art," and preparing a series of commemorative events to mark the composer's bicentenary celebrations in 2013.
His life was Monsalvat
without the Monsalvation of the art.
She won the 2003 Monsalvat
Salon des Refuses People's Choice Award.
*WWV 75: Lohengrin, act 3, scene 3; composition draft, from "Habt Dank, ihr Lieben von Brabant!" to "die Monsalvat
genannt"; 1961, Schatzki, $1,850; bought.
But to see, as the Hutcheons do, Amfortas's contraction of syphilis as the explanation for everything that happens in this very complex and uneven work is to deprive Monsalvat
of its legendary timelessness, Amfortas and the Grail of the possibility of healing, and Parsifal of the heroism of understanding that breaks into his innocent fellow-feeling.