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Wagner : his life and music

Author: Stephen Johnson
Publisher: [Franklin, Tenn.] : Naxos of America, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : Biography : English : UnabridgedView all editions and formats
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Well over a century after Wagner's death, the man and his music are as controversial as ever. Praised for his profound insights into the workings of the human heart, he has also been condemned as a dangerous libertine, a proto-fascist and an arrogant bore. His vast four-part operatic Ring cycle has been elevated as one of the greatest achievements of western culture and dismissed as an unparalleled example of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Downloadable audio books
Audiobooks
Biography
Named Person: Richard Wagner; Richard Wagner
Material Type: Biography, Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Johnson
ISBN: 9781843797524 1843797526
OCLC Number: 847624078
Performer(s): Read by the author.
Description: 1 online resource (1 sound file)
Responsibility: written and read by Stephen Johnson.

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Well over a century after Wagner's death, the man and his music are as controversial as ever. Praised for his profound insights into the workings of the human heart, he has also been condemned as a dangerous libertine, a proto-fascist and an arrogant bore. His vast four-part operatic Ring cycle has been elevated as one of the greatest achievements of western culture and dismissed as an unparalleled example of creative megalomania. No attempt is made to gloss over the darker sides of Wagner's character, personally or artistically, but argues that the finer aspects of his vision transcend its flaws. It tells the story of an extraordinary life, and charts Wagner's development, from unpromising beginnings, into the creator of some of the most brilliantly innovatory and seductively beautiful music ever composed.

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