Monday, February 06, 2012

Apperception or Paranoia? When is July More than a Month on a Calender?

In the late 19th century Jewish communities in Vienna and Berlin saw the character Beckmesser in Wagner's opera, Die Meistersinger von N├╝rnberg as an anti-Semitic caricature and protested vehemently.  They thought that Beckmesser's serenade in the opera's second act was a malicious and deliberate parody of  Jewish cantorial style.  Perhaps members of these Jewish communities were wrong.  Perhaps the seeming expression of anti-Semitism by an avowedly anti-Semitic composer was not an example of his known racial predilections.  But were these Jews necessarily paranoid and potentially violent because they thought so?

Here's an example of Jewish cantorial singing:


Gary Freedman said...

Previous blog post on apperception:

Gary Freedman said...

Note to my readers who think my posts are repetitious.

You remember in law school how the same case would pop up in different sections of the case book depending on which precise legal principle was being illustrated?