Saturday, April 25, 2009

This Made Me Smile

Today’s Met Opera broadcast is Wagner’s Götterdämmerung. What I’ve had a chance to hear has been wonderful.

But whenever I listen to a Wagnerian composition, I can’t help recalling and smiling at Mark Twain’s comment:

”I’m told Wagner’s music's not as bad as it sounds.”


Anonymous said...

John: I've seen that remark credited to several people, including Oscar Levant, but I think it fits Twain the best.
I listened to Das Ring, too, but found it intolerably loooong. I much prefer Meistersinger;
Tarheel Hawkeye

JWM said...


Das Ring is certainly looong and I agree with you on Meistersinger.

The remark is attributed to many but as you say it fits Mark Twain.


Anonymous said...

John, I heard this recently-

Q. If the answer is 9-W, what is the question?

A. Do you spell that with a "V" Mr. Wagner?