Stephen M. Klugewicz

About Stephen M. Klugewicz

Stephen Klugewicz is editor of The Imaginative Conservative. He holds a Ph.D. in American History, with expertise in the eras of the Founding and Early Republic. Dr. Klugewicz is the co-editor of History, on Proper Principles: Essays in Honor of Forrest McDonald and Founders and the Constitution: In Their Own Words. He is the former executive director of the Collegiate Network at ISI and of the Robert and Marie Hansen Foundation and has long experience in education, having been president of Franklin’s Opus, director of education at the National Constitution Center, and headmaster of Regina Luminis Academy.

George Washington and the “Gift of Silence”

By |2021-02-20T21:04:00-06:00February 21st, 2021|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, George Washington, Leadership, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Timeless Essays|

George Washington, the great actor, was playing his part in a great drama, not just for Americans of his day, but for you and me. Washington, the Stoic, used his “gift of silence” shrewdly, and surely it is his actions more than his words that echo down to us today. In December 2009, a letter [...]

Beethoven and the Greatest Concert of All Time

By |2020-12-21T22:21:08-06:00December 21st, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Beethoven 250, Ludwig van Beethoven, Music|

On December 22, 1808, Ludwig van Beethoven—by then an established composer and a renowned piano virtuoso—conducted a concert of his own works, featuring himself also as pianist, at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. The program included the premiers of Beethoven's Fifth and Sixth symphonies, his Fourth Piano Concerto, and a concluding piece for [...]

Woke Baseball Forgets Life’s Most Important Lesson: “It’s Not About You”

By |2020-07-24T19:21:41-05:00July 24th, 2020|Categories: Baseball, Civil Society, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players —As You Like It, William Shakespeare In a sadly predictable development, Major League Baseball is going the way of the Woke, with players kneeling during, or before, the playing of the National Anthem, donning Black Lives Matter T-shirts and uniform patches, and [...]

Stand, Men of the West!

By |2020-06-15T15:35:37-05:00June 15th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Conservatism, J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Western Civilization|

Western Civilization is undeniably in decline and indeed its very existence is in doubt. Yet these thoughts ought not to drag conservatives down into a morass of defeatism. Though the hour is late, a remnant must run to the barricades and shield itself and whatever is left of Western Civilization from the barbarians at the [...]

Magnanimity: The Balm for Our Brutalized Public Discourse

By |2020-05-15T15:28:23-05:00May 15th, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, Love, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

Every man is his own pope and philosopher-king on the Internet, where our semi-formed and semi-informed opinions are cast as absolutes. Convinced of our perfect knowledge and infallible righteousness, we denounce and demean in harsh, uncharitable terms the arguments of others, and even their very persons. “Minds are conquered not by arms, but by love [...]

Men and Women as They Are: Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro”

By |2020-05-01T10:53:34-05:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Music, Opera, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|

The characters in Mozart’s “Figaro” are the furthest thing from mere archetypes. Instead, they are as real and as identifiable as the people around us today, for Mozart was interested in human nature itself, and not the ephemeral and artificial distinctions of class. “In my opinion, each number in Figaro is a miracle,” composer Johannes [...]

Songs & Dances of Death: 10 Classical Works for the End of Time

By |2021-02-03T18:22:39-06:00March 12th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Camille Saint-Saëns, Gustav Mahler, Jean Sibelius, Music, Richard Strauss, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|

From Modest Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death to Oliver Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, here are ten great classical pieces about death and the end of this world. They may or may not provide you comfort. 1. Songs and Dances of Death, by Modest Mussorgsky A song cycle for voice (usually bass [...]

Brief Thoughts on Last Night’s Democratic Debate

By |2021-01-23T13:52:06-06:00February 26th, 2020|Categories: Politics, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

—Mike Bloomberg is not funny. —The only thing Joe Biden seems to remember from his "Catholic school upbringing" is that he should be polite and keep to the time prescribed during debates. —Bernie Sanders can make Pete Buttigieg sound like Ronald Reagan when it comes to Cold War issues. —For a party that should be [...]

Hail to the Chief! Music for American Presidents

By |2020-10-06T00:15:17-05:00February 16th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Music, Presidency, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

We Americans like to think of ourselves as anti-monarchical; most of us on the Right are self-styled small-r republicans, while Leftists think of themselves as small-d democrats. In addition, we all, Right and Left, fancy that what unites Americans is devotion to a set of ideas to which we all adhere, and which are best [...]

Hector Berlioz’s Long-Lost “Solemn Mass” for the Holy Innocents

By |2020-12-27T21:15:51-06:00December 27th, 2019|Categories: Hector Berlioz, Hector Berlioz Sesquicentennial Series, Music, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

"By God, you will be no doctor or apothecary, but a great composer." —Jean-François Le Sueur, to Hector Berlioz, upon hearing the premier of the Messe Solennelle Saint-Roch Church, Paris Its premier in 1825 marked one of the most remarkable musical debuts ever by a composer, and the score's rediscovery 167 years later [...]

Glory to Dido! The Operas of Hector Berlioz

By |2020-06-16T06:51:51-05:00December 10th, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Hector Berlioz, Hector Berlioz Sesquicentennial Series, Music, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

"They are finally going to play my music." —Hector Berlioz, on his deathbed Though Hector Berlioz's operas are still little known today—even to the opera-going public, who are much more likely to find the dramas of Verdi, Puccini, Bellini, and Mozart on the program—the increasing recognition of their many glories is slowly making them less [...]

A Thanksgiving Tale of Redemption: “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”

By |2020-11-26T19:31:16-06:00November 27th, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Film, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Thanksgiving, Timeless Essays|

A lighthearted romp at first blush, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” yet tells the story of how the example of simple goodness can be transformational. The category of “Thanksgiving movies” is a select one indeed, but it is not meant as faint praise to crown John Hughes’ 1987 film, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, the greatest Thanksgiving [...]

The “Confessions” of Bruce Springsteen: “Western Stars,” the Film

By |2019-11-14T13:16:29-06:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: Bruce Springsteen, Film, Music, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

Bruce Springsteen's unrivaled stage presence comes across remarkably well in the film "Western Stars," as he performs his recent album in its entirety. But it is the brief, meditative, and confessional vignettes he uses to introduce each song that reveal just how much the entire album serves as his own version of St. Augustine's "Confessions." [...]

I’ll Stand By You Always: Bruce Springsteen at 70

By |2020-02-23T12:39:35-06:00September 22nd, 2019|Categories: Bruce Springsteen, Music, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

As Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen turns 70 years old, one finds it a daunting task to make an exhaustive list of his artistic accomplishments and the accolades he has received for them: Mr. Springsteen, who has been performing live for more than a half-century now, is the 15th highest-selling artist of all-time; his first album, [...]

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