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Being Wagner : the story of the most provocative composer who ever lived

Author: Simon Callow
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2018. ©2017
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Publisher Annotation: Simon Callow, the celebrated author of Orson Welles, delivers a dazzling, swift, and accessible biography of the musical titan Richard Wagner and his profoundly problematic legacy--a fresh take for seasoned acolytes and the perfect introduction for new fans. (Original), 256pp.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Callow, Simon, 1949-
Being Wagner.
New York : Vintage Books, 2018
(DLC) 2017036465
(OCoLC)989962246
Named Person: Richard Wagner; Richard Wagner
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Callow
ISBN: 9780525436195 0525436197
OCLC Number: 1022267495
Description: 1 online resource (xxii, 232 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Young Richard --
Out in the world --
Doldrums --
Triumph --
The world in flames --
Pause for thought --
It begins --
Suspension --
Limbo --
Enter a swan --
Towards the green hill --
The long day's task is done.
Responsibility: Simon Callow.

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Publisher Annotation: Simon Callow, the celebrated author of Orson Welles, delivers a dazzling, swift, and accessible biography of the musical titan Richard Wagner and his profoundly problematic legacy--a fresh take for seasoned acolytes and the perfect introduction for new fans. (Original), 256pp.

Richard Wagner's music dramas have never been more popular or more divisive. His ten masterpieces, created against the backdrop of a continent in severe political and cultural upheaval, constitute an unmatched body of work. A man who spent most of his life in abject poverty, inspiring both critical derision and hysterical hero-worship, Wagner was a walking contradiction: belligerent, flirtatious, disciplined, capricious, demanding, visionary, and poisonously anti-Semitic. Acclaimed biographer Simon Callow evokes the intellectual and artistic climate in which Wagner lived and takes us through his most iconic works, from his pivotal successes in The Flying Dutchman and Lohengrin, to the musical paradigm shift contained in Tristan and Isolde, to the apogee of his achievements in The Ring of the Nibelung and Parsifal, which debuted at Bayreuth shortly before his death. Being Wagner brings to life this towering figure, creator of the most sublime and most controversial body of work ever known.

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