What is it about Wagner that attracts such devoted proselytizers? I cannot ever recall having seen, here or elsewhere, fans of any other composer making such vigorous efforts forcefully convert others to their faith as seems routine with a significant subset of Wagner lovers. I swear that many of them seem quite willing to use the same tactics Hitler used with Poland if only they could!
(Whoops. I momentarily forgot about "E L G A R" and a similarly deranged Schumann fan on another site I used to frequent.)
The typical posts (or blog entries!) go something like this: Wagner's the greatest ever, period, it's self evident, everyone with any sense knows it, and if you don't agree then you're just stupid--with tin ears! It's hard to imagine those who greatly admire the music of Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Sibelius, Brahms, Debussy (well, that's a bit iffy!), or Poulenc going on in similar fashion (though, come to think of it, I have encountered two or three fans of the Darmstadt school who seem to be copying the Wagner fans' playbook).
Any ideas why this should be so? (Note that I don't believe it has anything to do with anti-Semitism among Wagner's devotees.)