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Tristan Chord: Wagner and Philosophy
Bryan Magee
080507189X
October 2002
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Magee, a British writer on philosophy, music, and theater criticism and a former member of Parliament, has made a remarkable contribution to the already extensive literature on the life and works of Wagner. His central thesis that Wagner's intense study of philosophy had a profound influence on his compositions is lucidly presented in 17 chapters, each rich with historical detail and intellectual discourse. The chapters proceed in rough chronological sequence; we first read of the young Wagner as a left-wing revolutionary and end with his mature, complex relationship with Nietzsche. In the central part of the book, Magee provides an overview of Schopenhauer's philosophy and reveals the extent to which Wagner completely overhauled his own values in order to embrace that thinker's world view. Readers to...


Wagner
Barry Millington
0691027226
October 1992
Paperback
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Review
Absolutely masterly. . . to summarize Wagner's life, influence, works, and the whole political, philosophical, and social argument around them, from the standpoint of 1985, and to do it with such lucid, engaging style. . . . It's a very good book.

Book Description

Wagner is one of the most controversial of composers, and much that has been written about him--including his autobiography--is misleading. Barry Millington draws on the best previous scholarship and his own original research to set the record straight. The first part of this book is devoted to biography; the second, to a detailed study of the operas. Millington offers a historical review of the critical interpretation of each opera, including a discussion of recent methods of formal analysis. In this revised edition, two...



Aspects of Wagner
Bryan Magee
0192840126
Nov 1988
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Description
Many music lovers find Wagner's operas inexpressibly beautiful and richly satisfying, while others find them revolting, dangerous, self-indulgent, and immoral. The man who W.H. Auden once called "perhaps the greatest genius that ever lived" has inspired both greater adulation and
greater loathing than any other composer.
Bryan Magee presents a penetrating analysis of Wagner's work, concentrating on how his sensational and deeply erotic music uniquely expresses the repressed and highly charged contents of the psyche. He examines not only Wagner's music and detailed stage directions but also the prose works in
which he formulated his ideas, as well as shedding new light on his anti-semitism and the way in which the Nazis twisted his theories to suit their own purposes. Outlining the astonishing...


I Saw the World End
Deryck Cooke
0193153181
Mar 1992
Paperback
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Book Description
Long considered a masterpiece, Wagner's Ring has baffled and confused critics because of the highly complex meaning of its text and music. The diverse range of commentaries written on the subject since the first performance over one hundred years ago reveals just how little critics have understood The Ring. Deryck Cooke displays his masterly common sense in this study of how and why The Ring took the shape it did. This volume represents only a portion of the enormous book he had planned--his untimely death prevented him from writing a full analysis of the music. Even as it stands, I Saw The World End will give fresh understanding and appreciation to every lover of Wagner's music.


Christianity for Dummies
Richard Wagner
0764544829
February 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Get to know the beliefs and practices inspired by Jesus Christ Discover what it means to be a Christian and follow the gospel Curious about Christianity? This friendly guide helps you understand the basic teachings of the Christian faith, exploring the common ground that all Christians share, the differences among the major branches, the key events in Christian history, the key theological issues, and the many ways Christians live out their faith in today’s world. The Dummies Way Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Tear-out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun Discover how to: Express the core essentials of Christianity Appreciate the life and teachings of Jesus Understand...


Wagner
Walter J. Turner
0781296293
March 1993
Library Binding
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Richard Wagner
Dieter Borchmeyer
019315322X
Nov 1991
Hardcover
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Book Description
Richard Wagner has come to be seen as the quintessential artist of the nineteenth century. Borchmeyer here provides the first systematic and comprehensive account of Wagner's aesthetic theory, examining his hitherto neglected prose writings and his ideas on music drama from the various
standpoints of literature, the linking of ideas, and the sociology of art. The preeminent importance for Wagner of classical Greek art and mythology emerges with particular clarity, while his links with the great figures and forms of world theatre-- Shakespeare, the commedia dell'arte, the popular
theatre, and the puppet theatre--are traced in detail. The influence on Wagner of the historical and social novel is also discussed. The author provides the first comprehensive analysis of Cosima Wagner's Diaries, and throws...


Richard Wagner and Festival Theatre
Simon Williams
0275936082
Mar 1994
Paperback
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Choice
"Williams's well-crafted study provides even the Wagnerian a useful summary and brief overview, with succinct but perceptive analyses of Wagner's stage work, a clear narrative of his life, a chapter on his theatrical legacy, a comparative chronology, a bibliography with sources in German and English, and well-chosen illustrations." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Book Description
In contrast to most books on Richard Wagner, this biography focuses primarily on Wagner as an important figure in the development of the theatre. While his contribution to music history has been exhaustively documented and analyzed, his theatrical ventures, in particular the founding of the Bayreuth Festival, have not been the object of much research by English-speaking theatre...


Wagner
Greta Cencetti
1588454746
August 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description

This beautifully illustrated series of eight books introduces children in grades 2 through 6 to the influential composers of the late 17th through the early 20th centuries. For music-lovers and those just discovering the world of the the creative arts, The World of Composers is the perfect guide for research and for leisure reading.

Card catalog description
Describes the life and career of the nineteenth-century composer considered by many to be the master of German opera.



Re-Reading Wagner
Reinhold Grimm
0299970760
Apr 1993
Hardcover
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Richard Wagner: The Man, His Mind, and His Music
Robert W. Gutman
0156776154
June 1990
Paperback
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Book Description
Ranging far beyond the bounds of conventional biography and music history, this book examines the cultural background of Wagner’s art, including the nether regions of nationalism and racism. New Introduction by the Author. Index; photographs.


Virtuoso Conductors: The European Tradition From Wagner to Karajan
Raymond Holden
0300093268
October 2005
Hardcover
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Review
Cyril Ehrlich : "Holden's strong suit is his practical experience as a professional conductor. Abundant enthusiasm and love of the craft ensures a stimulating book."-Cyril Ehrlich

Book Description
While Weber, Spohr, Mendelssohn, and Berlioz were all conductors of repute, it was the thoughts and practices of Richard Wagner that laid the foundation for the modern virtuoso conductor. Though he was more celebrated for his dramatic operas, Wagner’s experience as a conductor brought a set of practices and principles that affected the interpretations of future generations, and conductors continue to pursue his example today.
This book examines Wagner’s conducting career and the principles of his musical performance. It then tracks the central European style through some of the...


Nietzsche and Wagner
Joachim Kohler
0300076401
Nov 1998
Hardcover
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Book Review
When Friedrich Nietzsche first met Richard Wagner in 1869, the magisterial composer was more than twice the age of the fledgling philologist. Wagner had also just been banished from the royal court of Bavaria for his adulterous affair with Cosima von Bülow. Although the friendship between the two men began rather well, it would famously degenerate into a bitter intellectual and emotional feud, over which Nietzsche would continue to obsess even after Wagner's death in 1883 (but then, Cosima--who'd married Wagner as soon as possible after her divorce--was more than happy to keep up her late husband's end of the battle, and Nietzsche's own death in 1900 did nothing to change that).

Joachim Köhler's densely compact Nietzsche and Wagner draws heavily upon available correspondence from all parties--and Nietzsche's...



Richard Wagner: The Last of the Titans
Joachim Kohler
0300104227
September 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Wagner's life (1813-83) was marked by death, love, power, and abuse, all of which are present in his operas. His father died soon after Richard's birth, his stepfather and an uncle raised him, and his older sister Rosalie exerted the strongest female influence on him. There were many women in his subsequent life; his first marriage failed, though, and his second wife, Liszt's daughter Cosima, controlled him behind the scenes. Musically, he grew up with Weber, turning to Meyerbeer as a model for operatic writing. Add hatred of Jews to his makeup, stir the pot, and out came the Wagnerian themes of true love unattainable until death, power of the spiritual over the secular, and family cohesion surmounting all obstacles as well as an utterly personal musical idiom primarily committed to music supporting libretti. Kohler...


Complete Operas of Richard Wagner
Charles Osborne
0306805227
March 1993
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Opera critic and historian Osborne closes his quintet of opera guides, which include previous titles devoted to Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, and Richard Strauss, with this volume. Osborne's previous Wagner studies include The World Theatre of Wagner ( LJ 12/1/82), a pictorial work that concentrates on actual productions. This time, biography--often in Wagner's own words--combined with criticism by Wagner's contemporaries, literary background, Wagner's librettos, plot summaries, descriptions of musical elements illustrated with musical examples, and Osborne's own insights form a clear picture of Wagner, his world, and the operas. Wagner's strengths and weaknesses are fully explored so as to inspire the serious reader to explore further. Though much has been written on Wagner, libraries with collections on opera will find...


Wagner & Music & Drama PB
Richard Wagner
0306803194
Apr 1988
Paperback
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Language Notes
Text: English, German (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Drama and the World of Richard Wagner
Dieter Borchmeyer
0691114978
January 2004
Hardcover
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Symphony
Considers the whole range of [Wagner's] works . . . in a straightforward yet exhaustively researched and well documented manner.

Review
Symphony : Considers the whole range of [Wagner's] works . . . in a straightforward yet exhaustively researched and well documented manner.

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