I want to understand Wagner's Parsifal

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In summary, the conversation is about music and how an expert summarizer understands it. The expert does not understand the technicalities of music, for example, the pattern of notes, the theory of rhythm, and even these symbols. However, he does understand songs and music coupled with words. His native language has real songs in the sense that he can make people hear songs from other cultures and they will say that they are not singing, they are just reading. The apperception of songs is distinct and forms a clear idea in mind. However, when he first heard Phil Colin's song Another Day in Paradise, he could only understand the lines "She calls out to the man on the street/He can see she's been crying/She
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I don't understand the technicalities of music, for example: its pattern of notes, the theory of rhythm and even these symbols
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However, I have a few exceptions: Mähler's Quartet in A minor, Chopin's Spring Waltz, and Erik Satie's Gnossiennes.

But I understand songs, music coupled with words. In my native language we have real songs in the sense that my people, when I make them hear Tom Waits or Eminem, say that they are not singing, they are simply reading. But let's not digress, and allow me to focus on myself. The apperception (in the sense of its dictionary meaning, and not in its Kantian use) of songs is quite distinct and forms a clear idea in mind, or are more open to interpretation. For instance, when I first heard Phil Colin's Another Day in Paradise, I could only got these lines in ears
She calls out to the man on the street
He can see she's been crying
She's got blisters on the soles of her feet
She can't walk but she's trying

Oh, think twice, 'cause it's another day for you and me in paradise
Oh, think twice, it's just another day for you
You and me in paradise
and, as Kant's differentiation in Subjective and Objective Unity of Consciousness, my mind unified those lines with something other, and here it is:

two people were in love with each other. Due to some circumstances, most probably family pressure or equally possible: woman's instinct for a secured life, the woman had to leave the man. The life of the man became like a dilapidated house, no wants to enter in, no one wants to repair. After years, one night he was walking at some place and the woman, without recognizing who he really was, calls out for help (maybe she had been living a bad life since then) and the man at once recognizes her voice and turns to see her, almost dead by her wounded condition. Now, he a got split of consciousness (again, this is for literary purpose and not in Psychological sense), which says "Another day in Paradise", he and his beloved. But he got to think twice, she was the source of his ruin.

After a few weeks, like a calming and tasteless carbon monoxide, a friend told me the song is about ''homeless people", I could do nothing but the whole song really makes a rational sense in that "homeless people" context only. Anyways, I carry both interpretation in my Stream when that music and words couple.

I do understand a few of opera songs, without seeing/reading the full opera, but German artists, between 1700 and 1900, write/work on those topics which I don't seem to understand much. For example, Von Goethe's The Sorrows of Werther is quite easy to understand (I mean, the plot) because it is about a life which we might be living ourselves or seeing around us or can think of by a little effort in carrying our Stream downwards, but his Faust involves some mythological aspects which I'm ignorant of. Faust also gets difficult because, I think, it covers the conscience of people of a short duration (the transition from aristocracy to republicanism, from religion to enlightenment, from social mindset to individualism). The case of Von Schiller is nearly the same.

Coming to Mr. Wagner now. Do I need to know some prerequisite for understanding the plot of Parsifal? I tried listening to the music of Parsifal, without any act or plot, yet it didn't sneak in clandestinely and touched the innermost chambers of my soul. The purpose of writing this thread is to have a guidance on comprehending Wagner's Parsifal, both the plot and its music, and to understand why is it called a work of genius, thereby giving in my mind a separate room to Mr. Wagner and no longer keeping him just as a friend, which Parsifal severed, of Mr. Nietzsche!
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1. What is Parsifal?

Parsifal is an opera composed by Richard Wagner in the late 19th century. It is based on the medieval story of the knight Parsifal and his quest for the Holy Grail.

2. Why is Parsifal considered a significant work?

Parsifal is considered significant for its complex and innovative music, as well as its exploration of themes such as redemption and the struggle between good and evil. It also holds a special place in Wagner's oeuvre as his final opera.

3. How long is Parsifal?

Parsifal has an average running time of four and a half hours, making it one of Wagner's longest operas. However, the exact length can vary depending on the production and conductor's interpretation.

4. Is Parsifal difficult to understand?

Parsifal can be challenging to understand for those unfamiliar with Wagner's style and the opera's complex themes. However, with some background research and multiple viewings, it can be a rewarding and enriching experience.

5. Is it necessary to have knowledge of Wagner's other works before watching Parsifal?

No, it is not necessary to have prior knowledge of Wagner's other operas to understand Parsifal. However, some familiarity with his musical style and the legend of the Holy Grail may enhance the viewing experience.

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