Excerpt from The Wagnerian Romances
What Miss Hall does, it seems to me, is to reproduce the emotional effect of one art through the medium Of another art. This, of course, can scarcely be done in the case of a symphony or a sonata; efforts to do it are usually unsuccessful and often ludicrous. But opera is a hybrid art, -partly literary to begin with. It happens that in the Wagnerian music-drama the literary part Of the work is not trivial, as it is so Often in operas, but is truly the mate of the mus1c, done by the same hand. The music is throughout concerned with words, and with things that can be presented in language; with human beings and their passions and sorrows, and with places and with periods of time, with particular rivers and particular mountains, even; - with Nuremberg, even. All this feeling for places and the character of landscape and architecture is, in the hands of the right person, readily translatable into words.
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