Nathan Shields is a composer whose works have been performed by numerous vocalists and chamber-music groups. He earned his doctorate at the Juilliard School in New York, and teaches there and at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. He is the recipient of the 2014 Charles Ives fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
More insidious than Wagner’s hateful ideas are his passions, which reside in his music and stir answering passions in others.
Two centuries after the great composer’s birth, his anti-Semitism remains a bitterly contested issue. Perhaps that’s because no one has yet come to grips with its, or his, true nature.