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Here is Richard Wagner's 1880 program note for King Ludwig of Bavaria for the performance of his opera Parsifal:
First theme: Love
"Take ye my body, take my blood, in token of our love!" (repeated in faint whispers by angel voices)
"Take ye my blood, my body take, in memory of me!" -- (again, repeated in whispers.)
Second theme: Faith
Promise of redemption through faith. Firmly and stoutly faith declares itself, exalted, willing even in suffering.-- To the promise renewed Faith answers from the dimmest heights -- as on the pinions of the snow-white dove -- hovering downwards -- usurping more and more the hearts of men, filling the world, the whole of Nature with the mightiest force, then glancing up again to heaven's vault as if appeased. But once more, from out the awe of solitude, throbs forth the cry of loving pity: the agony, the holy sweat of Olivet, the divine death-throes of Golgotha -- the body pales, the blood flows forth, and glows now in the chalice with the heavenly glow of blessing, shedding on all that lives and languishes the grace of ransom won by Love. For him who -- fearful rue for sin at heart -- must quail before the godlike vision of the Grail, for Amfortas, sinful keeper of the sacred relic, we are made ready: will redemption heal the gnawing torments of the soul? Once more we hear the promise, and -- we hope!
These are the only words I have read about Parsifal that actually get me closer to understanding the piece.
They are not difficult to understand, and sharply contrast the various wordy "explanations" that intellectuals have written about this and other works of this composer.
Maybe we should just accept that music, however complex in the execution, is not generally difficult to explain, at least, not if it is any good. Pop musicians seem to understand this, and the principle of simple, though often pungent, themes works for me.
My compositions start with the effect, and from this the melody, countermelody and harmony follow. It takes me a long time to write, because I want to create something that sounds new, whatever the influences were.
I have three finished pieces and two more in progress (although have no idea when they will be completed).