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Richard Wagner and His World

Author: Thomas S Grey
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2009] ©2009
Series: Bard Music Festival.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Course bookView all editions and formats
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Richard Wagner (1813-1883) aimed to be more than just a composer. He set out to redefine opera as a "total work of art" combining the highest aspirations of drama, poetry, the symphony, the visual arts, even religion and philosophy. Equally celebrated and vilified in his own time, Wagner continues to provoke debate today regarding his political legacy as well as his music and aesthetic theories. Wagner and His World  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas S Grey
ISBN: 9781400831784 1400831784
OCLC Number: 979742015
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (560 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Preface and Acknowledgments --
Permissions --
From Page to Stage: Wagner as Regisseur / Syer, Katherine --
Wagner and Liszt: Elective Affinities / Hamilton, Kenneth --
From Opera to Music Drama: Nominal Loss, Titular Gain / Goehr, Lydia --
Eine Kapitulation: Aristophanic Operetta as Cultural Warfare in 1870 / Grey, Thomas S. --
A Note on Tristan's Death Wish / Berger, Karol --
Guides for Wagnerites: Leitmotifs and Wagnerian Listening / Thorau, Christian --
German Jews and Wagner / Botstein, Leon --
Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient and Wagner's Dresden / Glümer, Claire Von ; Chorley, Henry ; Grey, Thomas S. --
Catulle Mendès Visits Tribschen / Mendès, Catulle ; Grey, Thomas S. --
Recollections of Villa Wahnfried from Wagner's American Dentist / Jenkins, Newell Sill ; Grey, Thomas S. --
The Overture to Tannhäuser / Liszt, Franz ; Trippett, David ; Dwight, John Sullivan --
Letters to a Young Composer About Wagner / Lobe, Johann Christian --
Franz Brendel's Reconciliation Address / Brendel, Franz ; Deaville, James ; Cicora, Mary A. --
Wagner Admires Meyerbeer (Les Huguenots) / Wagner, Richard ; Grey, Thomas S. --
Debacle at the Paris Opéra: Tannhäuser and the French Critics, 1861 / Comettant, Oscar ; Scudo, Paul ; Grey, Thomas S. ; Fauser, Annegret --
The Revue wagnérienne: Symbolism, Aestheticism, and Germanophilia / Huysmans, J.K. ; Wyzewa, Teodor De ; Dujardin, Edouard ; Huebner, Steven ; King, Brendan ; Mandell, Charlotte --
Press Releases from the Bayreuth Festival, 1876: An Early Attempt at Spin Control / Zimmermann, J. ; Vazsonyi, Nicholas --
Hanslick contra Wagner: "The Ring Cycle Comes to Vienna" and "Parsifal Literature" / Hanslick, Eduard ; Grey, Thomas S. --
Hans von Wolzogen's Parsifal (1887) / Wolzogen, Hans Von ; Cicora, Mary A. --
Cosima Wagner's Bayreuth / Pohl, Richard ; Seidl, Arthur ; Gura, Eugen ; Schering, Arnold ; Chevalley, Heinrich ; Cicora, Mary A. ; Breckbill, David --
Wagner Introduces Wagner (and Beethoven): Program Notes Written for Concert Performances by and of Richard Wagner 1846-1880 / Grey, Thomas S. --
Index --
Notes on the Contributors.
Series Title: Bard Music Festival.
Responsibility: edited by Thomas S. Grey.
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Richard Wagner (1813-1883) aimed to be more than just a composer. He set out to redefine opera as a "total work of art" combining the highest aspirations of drama, poetry, the symphony, the visual arts, even religion and philosophy. Equally celebrated and vilified in his own time, Wagner continues to provoke debate today regarding his political legacy as well as his music and aesthetic theories. Wagner and His World examines his works in their intellectual and cultural contexts. Seven original essays investigate such topics as music drama in light of rituals of naming in the composer's works and the politics of genre; the role of leitmotif in Wagner's reception; the urge for extinction in Tristan und Isolde as psychology and symbol; Wagner as his own stage director; his conflicted relationship with pianist-composer Franz Liszt; the anti-French satire Eine Kapitulation in the context of the Franco-Prussian War; and responses of Jewish writers and musicians to Wagner's anti-Semitism. In addition to the editor, the contributors are Karol Berger, Leon Botstein, Lydia Goehr, Kenneth Hamilton, Katherine Syer, and Christian Thorau. This book also includes translations of essays, reviews, and memoirs by champions and detractors of Wagner; glimpses into his domestic sphere in Tribschen and Bayreuth; and all of Wagner's program notes to his own works. Introductions and annotations are provided by the editor and David Breckbill, Mary A. Cicora, James Deaville, Annegret Fauser, Steven Huebner, David Trippett, and Nicholas Vazsonyi.

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