Monday, July 06, 2015
Is Operetta the right musical entertainment for conservatives?
I think it is but I realize I am going to have to talk fast to make that case.
As all the surveys show, conservatives are a lot happier than Leftists. Leftists are the miseries of the world whom in the end nothing suits. Leftist literary figure Gore Vidal once said: "Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little". Leftist envy has long been known. As a contrast, it makes me happy when other people do well. Where Leftists abhor Bill Gates, I admire him. And I think many conservatives are like that.
So that must must influence what we like in entertainment. Like much of Hollywood's output, Grand Opera is romantic but has sad endings. In grand opera, the lovers mostly die in the end. Romeo and Juliet is their model. In "Carmen", for instance, Carmen is in the end stabbed to death by her jealous lover. And in "Aida", the lovers end up immured.
Operetta is much nicer. It is also very romantic but the lovers end up happily together and heading off to get married. Isn't that better? It sure suits me a lot better.
And operetta has wonderful songs. They are often well known but people don't realize that they originate from operetta. Try this song, for instance. Or this one. They're sung in German but you probably know what they're all about anyway. Operetta was all originally in German but you can get it on DVD with English subtitles. Sometimes you can even get them online with subtitles -- as here. Andre Rieu has a great medley of operetta tunes here.
In the end, however, it's a matter of taste. But if you've got a romantic bone in your body you will surely enjoy Viennese operetta. It's not heavy. It's fun. And there's some nice-looking ladies in it too. See below:
No subtitles but what the clip is about it that the lady thought her husband was too boring until he moved to Vienna. But once he moved there he acquired the Viennese spirit (Wiener Blut) and she tells him that because of that she now loves him. And he falls back in love with his wife too. Isn't that grand?
There's lots of detail about operetta on my personal blog.
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).