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Wagner and his works; the story of his life.

Author: Henry T Finck
Publisher: New York, Greenwood Press [1968]
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Finck, Henry Theophilus, 1854-1926.
Wagner and his works.
New York, Greenwood Press [1968]
(OCoLC)761139208
Named Person: Richard Wagner; Richard Wagner
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henry T Finck
OCLC Number: 10788
Notes: Reprint of the 1893 ed.
Description: 2 volumes portraits 23 cm
Contents: Prelude-poetic prophesies --
A theatrical family --
Richard Wagner's childhood : A versatile stepfather ; Weber in Dresden ; First musical impressions ; Richard not a prodigy-and why ; Boyhood anecdotes ; Richard turns to music ; Concert pieces ; Worship of Beethoven ; A second symphony --
The first operas : The wedding ; The fairies ; At Magdeburg-a step backward ; The novice of Palermo ; First critical essay --
Konigsberg and Riga : An imprudent marriage ; The happy bear family ; Two acts of Rienzi ; A romantic episode --
A first visit to Paris : A stormy sea-voyage ; A series of disappointments ; Loss of the Columbus overture ; Musical drudgery ; Stories and essays ; Truth in fiction-personal revelation ; In the workshop of genius ; The lion shows his claws ; Composition of the Flying Dutchman --
Rienzi in Dresden : Preliminary letters ; First performance of Rienzi ; The story of Rienzi ; Wagner's opinion of Rienzi ; An undiplomatic speech ; Merits and demerits of Rienzi --
The Flying Dutchman : Story of the Flying Dutchman ; Poetic and musical characteristics ; Wagner's opinion of this opera ; Critical Philistines and prophets ; Berlioz, Cornelius, Liszt, and Spohr ; What Beethoven would have said Wagner as royal conductor : The love feast of the apostles ; Weber's remains transferred to Dresden ; A surprising Beethoven performance ; Uhlig, Bach, Palestrina ; What Wagner did for Gluck ; Two Spontini anecdotes --
Tannhauser in Dresden : The story of Tannhauser ; The poem and the music ; Is Tannhauser a music-drama? ; The first performances ; Why the ending was changed ; Critical Philistines and prophets ; Liszt, Spohr, and Schumann --
Revolution-artistic and political : Creation of Lohengrin ; Why Wagner became a rebel ; Reform or revolution? ; Flight to Weimar ; Wanted by the police ; In Paris again ; Minna Wagner joins her husband ; Wieland the Smith --
Lohengrin at Weimar : Doubt and daring ; The story of Lohengrin ; The first performance ; Wagner's opinion of Lohenegrin ; Liszt on Lohengrin ; Robert Franz on Lohengrin ; Further comments ; Progress of Lohengrin ; Critical Philistines and prophets --
Literary period : Six years lost to music ; Art and revolution ; The art-work of the future ; Opera and drama ; Evolution of the opera ; A communication to my friends ; Wagner's opinion of other composers ; Judaism in music --
Welding the Nibelung's ring : How the poem was written ; Life in Zurich ; A modern Prometheus ; The "Circus Hulsen" in Berlin ; Money troubles ; Friends in need ; Hygiene and gastronomy ; Love of nature and travel ; Composition of Rheingold ; A Faust overture --
Was Wagner a great conductor? : A thorough drill-master ; Principles of interpretation ; Testimony of experts ; Concerts and operas in Zurich ; Four months in London. Last years of exile : After London ; Completion of the Walkure ; Three visits from Liszt ; Wagner's opinion of Liszt's music ; How Wagner composed ; The pleasure of creating ; Two acts of Siegfried ; Why Tristan interrupted Siegfried ; Paris, Tausig, and Minna ; A Venetian love-duo ; At the Lake of Lucerne --
In Paris again : Concerts in Paris and Brussels ; Tannhauser and the jockey club ; The Paris version ; French poets versus critics ; Berlioz, Auber and Rossini --
King Ludwig finds Wagner : Is Tristan impossible? ; Why Wagner gave concerts ; Composition of the Meistersinger ; Some instantaneous photographs ; Separation from Minna ; King and composer ; Preparing the soil ; The enemy at work --
Tristan and Isolde in Munich : The second Bayreuth ; Rehearsals and performances ; Story of the drama ; A poem for poets ; A score for musicians ; Melody versus tune ; Romantic love in Wagner's operas ; Gems of Tristan criticism --
Political and personal : Banished again ; An ideal Swiss home ; Royal and other visitors ; Love of luxury ; Love of animals ; Playfulness and humor --
Wagner's only comic opera : First Meistersinger performance ; Story of the mastersingers ; The poem and the music ; The chorus in Wagner's operas ; Beckmesser criticisms ; Jensen, Dresden, and Vienna --
From Munich to Bayreuth : Rheingold and Walkure in Munich ; Second marriage and Siegfried Idyll ; Schopenhauer and Wagner ; A foolish libretto ; Kaisermarsch and foreign conquests ; Tausig's happy thought ; Why Bayreuth? ; Laying the corner-stone ; Is it national? ; Villa Wahnfried ; Nibelung theatre and invisible orchestra ; Niebelung and other rehearsals ; The first Bayreuth festival ; A scandalous speech The Niebelung's ring : Das Rheingold ; Die Walkure ; Siegfried, the forest drama ; Die Gotterdammerung ; Nibelung critics and prophets --
The Parsifal period : Financial result of the Nibelung festival ; The London festival ; Plans for the future ; Bayreuther Blatter-last essays ; Vivisection and vegetarianism ; The travelling Wagner theatre ; The "Circus Hulsen" again ; Composition of Parsifal ; First Parsifal festival ; Story of Parsifal ; Poetic, pictorial, and musical features ; Parsifal critics ; The first performance --
The last seven months : In the Vendramin Palace ; A juvenile work revived ; Illness and death ; Burial at Bayreuth --
Wagner and Wagnerism : Personal traits ; Poetic peculiarities ; Myths and music ; Vocal style ; Leading motives ; In America.
Responsibility: With critical comments, by Henry T. Finck.

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