SEHNSUCHT(“LONGING”):SIEGRIED WAGNER, ANOTHER RE-CLAIMED GAY MAN. BY STEVEN BENSON

Siegfried Wagner was Wagner pere’s homosexual son.

He kept a photograph on his desk, all his life, of his lover, Clement Harris, who had died in a war, aged about 25(Harris also wrote beautiful, underrated music); Harris appeared, somewhat occluded, in Siegfried’s first opera,”Der Barenhauter”(“The Man in a Bear’s Skin”), as the Stranger, who the protagonist finds: his companion and friend (the sleeve notes coyly, yet poignantly, exlipicate; said notes being part of Marco Polo’s recording of the complete opera{issued ?1993; still available?}).

Siegfried also wrote “Sehnsucht”(“Longing”), where it is easy to unearth a homo-erotic (not so) subtext of yearning for Clement in the stream of five tender, passionate melodies.

I want to remember Siegfried Wagner; hardly, anyone else does. He is greatly -and grievously over-shadowed by Richard. But he too has his moments!

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Lest we forget the brave lesbians and gay men who went before us at a time when to live openly as gay or lesbian was very nigh impossible….

 

 

 

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ENTHUSIASMS: CLASSICAL MUSIC, ESPECIALLY OBSCURE ROMANTIC COMPOSERS; BACH/HANDEL LITERATURE, ESPECIALLY THOUGHTFUL, WELL-WRITTEN(STYLISTICALLY)NOVELS W G SEBALD WALTER BENJAMIN THEODOR ADORNO(JUST BEGINNING!) AESTHETIC PHILOSOPHY GAY MEN'S WRITING;QUEER THEORY STIMULATING DISCUSSIONS(EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY) GOOD RICH THICK ESPRESSO MICHAEL PONTI SPRITUALITY/LIFE'S "AURA"(BENJAMIN), WHATEVER TRANSCENDENTAL THING YOU WANT TO CALL THIS MEMORY-the elusiveness thereof. LOST TIME AND AN ATTEMPT AT ITS REDEMPTION(NON THEISTICALLY/RELIGIOUSLY)
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