The Pernerstorfer Circle provides a reminder of just how influential Richard Wagner was in his place and time, not just as a musician, but as a purveyor of ideas. As Wagner moved in the mid-1870s into an increasingly mystical-religious point of view, the Circle evidenced strong inclinations to regard him as a prophet of art, spiritualism, and Schopenhauer-inspired philosophy.
Victor Adler and Siegfried Lipiner were among the Circle members who made pilgrimages to Beyreuth. Lipiner himself became a point of interest for Wagner via recommendation from Nietzsche, and Wagner apparently interviewed him as a possible writer to translate Wagner's ideas into popular form.
Among the Wagnerian ideas that influenced the circle were: