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Wagner's Parsifal

Author: William Kinderman
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2013.
Series: Studies in musical genesis, structure, and interpretation.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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William Kinderman's detailed study of Parsifal, described by the composer as his "last card," explores the evolution of the text and music of this inexhaustible yet highly controversial music drama  Read more...

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Named Person: Richard Wagner
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Kinderman
ISBN: 9780195366921 0195366921
OCLC Number: 857545824
Description: vi, 327 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prelude: Parsifal as Art and Ideology (starting p. 3) --
pt. 1 The Process of Composition --
1. The Poem: Its Background and Evolution (starting p. 47) --
Carlo Gozzi's La donna serpente (starting p. 47) --
The Paris and Dresden Periods (starting p. 51) --
Parzival as Wandering Pilgrim in Tristan und Isolde (starting p. 59) --
Kundry as a Mysterious Compound Being (starting p. 63) --
The Prose Draft of 1865 (starting p. 68) --
The Completion of the Text (starting p. 72) --
2. The Genesis of the Music (starting p. 76) --
The "Dresden Amen" and "Excelsior!" Motives (starting p. 76) --
The Sketch Fragments and Their Reconstruction (starting p. 81) --
The Earliest Sketches (starting p. 90) --
The "Core of the Whole": the Music of the Grail (starting p. 94) --
The Relation of Sketches and Drafts (starting p. 104) --
Act 1 (starting p. 108) --
Act 2 (starting p. 132) --
Act 3 (starting p. 151) --
Revisions after April 1879 (starting p. 181) --
The Transformation Music of Act I (starting p. 185) --
pt. 2 Musical Form and Dramatic Meaning --
3. Wagner's Late Style (starting p. 195) --
4. Grail and Anti-Grail (starting p. 227) --
5. The Sense of an Ending (starting p. 252) --
Selected Bibliography (starting p. 302) --
Index (starting p. 319) --
Acknowledgments (starting p. 325)
Series Title: Studies in musical genesis, structure, and interpretation.
Responsibility: William Kinderman.

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This is a fascinating and well-written study of Wagners final masterpiece. * Nicholas Baragwanath, Music and Letters * Professor William Kinderman has given us a most comprehensive analysis of this Read more...

 
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