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An interesting issue of WUZ, a magazine devoted to Jean Paul – and especially his schoolmaster Wuz, who – like the Duke of Gloucester – preferred thin books over “damned fat square books”.
So, WUZ apparently always issues small, thin booklets with only a few pages. I only got to know the magazine when the publisher, Armin Elhardt, offered me to send me volume 19, devoted to Albert Lortzing and written by Lortzing’s greatest fan – not to say zealot: Jürgen Lodemann, as a present. A great gift – thank you mr. Elhardt!.
I know mr. Lodemann personally, I’ve met him, I’ve heard him lecturing on Lortzing in Detmold (2001) and Leipzig (2009),and I’ve read his “damned fat” book on Lortzing: “Gaukler und Musiker” (2000). And he gave me permission to publish his great essay “Nun kommt der Freiheit grosser Morgen” (on Lortzing’s opera “Regina”) on this website.
Now this small book is another example of Lodemann’s persuasive style: in nineteen short statements mr. Lodemann explains why Lortzing always has been important to opera culture and still should be important to us. Beautifully illustrated with drawings by Peter Schmidt, that make this issue a must-have for the Lortzing connoisseur and the collector of Lorzingiana. But also the superficially interested reader will pick it up to read and re-read it again and again, or just to browse through the pages.
WUZ is published in a limited edition, which is a shame. The only obstacle I can think of for you, my dear reader, is the language: WUZ is entirally written in German. But, thinking about it, when you’re interested in German culture you can’t have a serious problem with the language.