Isoldina, by Clément Doucet
20 November 2012 at 06:50 PM
Welcome to the Liebestonky....
What, I wonder, was the ongoing French obsession with Wagner parodies? Think of Fauré and Messager's "Souvenirs de Bayreuth" - most of the major Ring themes given the quadrille treatment - or the Tristan quote in Debussy's "Golliwog's Cakewalk" (and how much longer before that title falls foul of Korrektspeak?)
And whatever you think of the end results, it's rather disheartening to think that there was once a time when high and low culture intermingled freely rather than occupying gated communities, and when any number of Hollywood films featured opera scenes and singers, not all of them only there for parody purposes.
21 November 2012 at 03:33 AM
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