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Roger Scruton’s final word on Wagner

The philosopher tackles sex and shame in Parsifal

Parsial and the flower-maidens, a 1917 image from the Victrola Book of the Opera Image: Wikipedia

Parsial and the flower-maidens, a 1917 image from the Victrola Book of the Opera Image: Wikipedia

It is fitting that the final book by Roger Scruton, who died in January, should be about Richard Wagner’s final opera. Scruton has already written books on the Ring Cycle and Tristan und Isolde, finding richness in both the philosophy and music of the great German composer. Sexual longing, sacrifice and the power of compassionate love—recurrent themes in Wagner—are…

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