Drama and the World of Richard Wagner

With this volume, he gives us a summation of decades of engagement with the phenomenon of Wagner and, at the same time, the result of an abiding critical passion for his works.

Author: Dieter Borchmeyer

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691114972

Category: Music

Page: 391

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Richard Wagner continues to be the most controversial artist in history, a perpetually troubling figure in our cultural consciousness. The unceasing debate over his works and their impact--for and against--is one reason why there has been no genuinely comprehensive modern account of his musical dramas until now. Dieter Borchmeyer's book is the first to present an overall picture of these musical dramas from the standpoint of literary and theatrical history. It extends from the composer's early works--still largely ignored--to the Ring Cycle and Parsifal, and includes Wagner's unfinished works and operas he never set to music. Through lively prose, we come to see Wagner as a librettist--and as a man of letters--rather than primarily as musical composer. Borchmeyer uncovers a vast field of cultural and historical cross-references in Wagner's works. In the first part of the book, he sets out in search of the various archetypal scenes, opening up the composer's dramatic workshop to the reader. He covers all of Wagner's operas, from early juvenilia to the canonical later works. The second part examines Wagner in relation to political figures including King Ludwig II and Bismarck, and, importantly, in light of critical reactions by literary giants--Thomas Mann, whom Borchmeyer calls "a guiding light in this exploration of the fields that Wagner tilled," and Nietzsche, whose appeal to "philology" is a key source of inspiration in attempts to grapple with Wagner's works. For more than twenty years, Borchmeyer has placed his scholarship at the service of the famed Bayreuth Festival. With this volume, he gives us a summation of decades of engagement with the phenomenon of Wagner and, at the same time, the result of an abiding critical passion for his works.

Opera and Drama

The expected Wagnerian voltage is here: in his thinking about myths such as Oedipus, his theories about operatic goals and musical possibilities, his contempt for musical politics, his exaltation of feeling and fantasy, his reflections ...

Author: Richard Wagner

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803297653

Category: Music

Page: 416

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With Richard Wagner, opera reached the apex of German Romanticism. Originally published in 1851, when Wagner was in political exile, Opera and Drama outlines a new, revolutionary type of musical stage work, which would finally materialize as The Ring of the Nibelung. Wagner's music drama, as he called it, aimed at a union of poetry, drama, music, and stagecraft. ø In a rare book-length study, the composer discusses the enhancement of dramas by operatic treatment and the subjects that make the best dramas. The expected Wagnerian voltage is here: in his thinking about myths such as Oedipus, his theories about operatic goals and musical possibilities, his contempt for musical politics, his exaltation of feeling and fantasy, his reflections about genius, and his recasting of Schopenhauer. ø This edition includes the full text of volume 2 of William Ashton Ellis's 1893 translation commissioned by the London Wagner Society.

Richard Wagner s Music Dramas

This is not, therefore, an exclusively specialist study. Rather it will help the enthusiastic beginner to come to terms with these great works of art as well as offering many valuable insights to the experienced Wagnerian.

Author: Carl Dahlhaus

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521428998

Category: Music

Page: 168

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Previous studies of Wagner's operas have tended to approach the works as chunks of autobiography, philosophical speculations or historical-political comments on the age in which they were written. Professor Dahlhaus dissociated himself from all such ventures. His aim is to reveal, by careful analysis of the works from Der fliegende Hollander to Parsifal, the dominant features of 'music drama' and how Wagner achieves such profound, unified effects. Professor Dahlhaus cites music examples only when they are germane to his argument and requires from his readers no more than a limited amount of technical musical knowledge. This is not, therefore, an exclusively specialist study. Rather it will help the enthusiastic beginner to come to terms with these great works of art as well as offering many valuable insights to the experienced Wagnerian. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of music history, theory, opera and philosophy.

The Quest for the Gesamtkunstwerk and Richard Wagner

This book sheds light on this conundrum by first tracing the development of the concept in the 19th century through selected examples, some of which include combinations of different art forms.

Author: Hilda Meldrum Brown

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199325436

Category: Music

Page: 287

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The Gesamtkunstwerk ('total work of art'), once a key concept in Wagner studies, has become problematic. This book sheds light on this conundrum by first tracing the development of the concept in the 19th century through selected examples, some of which include combinations of different art forms. It then focuses on the culmination of the Gesamtkunstwerk in Wagner's theories and in the practice of his late music dramas, of which Der Ring des Nibelungen is the most complete representation. Finally, the book contrasts the view of the Ring as a fusion of dramatic text and music with the 20th century trend towards Deconstruction in Wagnerian productions and the importance of R�gie. Against this trend a case is made here for a fresh critical approach and a reconsideration of the nature and basis for the fundamental unity which has hitherto been widely perceived in Wagner's Ring. Approaches through Leitmotiv alone are no longer acceptable. However, in conjunction with another principle, Moment, which Wagner insisted on combining with Motive, these can be ingeniously 'staged' and steered to dramatic ends by means of musical dynamics and expressive devices such as accumulation. Analysis of the two Erda scenes demonstrates how this complex combination of resources acts as a powerful means of fusion of the musical and dramatic elements in the Ring and confirms its status as a Gesamtkunstwerk.

Decoding Wagner

The accompanying book provides a fresh overview of his significance for contemporary audiences and culture. 2 CDs.

Author: Thomas Robert May

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: UOM:39015057537105

Category: Music

Page: 220

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Unlock the world of Richard Wagner and his works, his monumental achievements, and, ultimately, the great emotional power inherent in his art. The accompanying book provides a fresh overview of his significance for contemporary audiences and culture. 2 CDs.

Tristan and Isolde

English National Opera Guides are ideal companions to the opera. They provide stimulating introductory articles together with the complete text of each opera in English and the original.

Author: Richard Wagner

Publisher: Oneworld Classics

ISBN: UOM:39015009760227

Category: Music

Page: 96

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English National Opera Guides are ideal companions to the opera. They provide stimulating introductory articles together with the complete text of each opera in English and the original. "A Landmark in Musical History" is John Luke Rose's title for the introduction to this extraordinary piece of theatre. It belongs to the German tradition of mystical writing and a short note on the poem itself by Martin Swales and Timothy McFarland elucidates some of Wagner's literary techniques. Anthony Negus, who assisted Reginald Goodall on the WNO production of this opera, has contributed a penetrating analysis of the musical structure of the opera, while Patrick Carnegy assesses the remarkable solutions to staging an opera which some argue is best experienced with your back to the performers! In association with English National Opera.

Mallarm Wagner Music and Poetic Language

This book challenges and replaces the existing view of Mallarm mission to 're-possess' music on behalf of poetic language.

Author: Heath Lees

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351559485

Category: Music

Page: 272

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This book challenges and replaces the existing view of Mallarm mission to 're-possess' music on behalf of poetic language. Traditionally, this view focused on only the last fifteen years of the poet's life, and sprang from a belief in Mallarm 'sudden awakening' to music during an all-Wagner concert in Paris, in 1885. Professor Heath Lees shows that Mallarm early knowledge and experience of music was much greater than commentators have realized, and that the French poet actually began his writing career with the explicit aim of making music's performance-language of 'effect' the ground of his poetic expression. Integral to the argument is Mallarm reaction to the work and ideas of Richard Wagner, whose impact on France came in two waves: the first broke during the tempestuous 1860s days of the Paris Tannher, while the second arrived in the mid-1880s, and gave birth to the Revue Wagnenne. In refuting the critical literature that focuses on only the second of these waves, Lees shows that Mallarmxhibited a highly informed Wagnerian background during the first wave, and that his grasp of the composer's gestural motives and flexible musical prose led him towards a new kind of self-expressive, gestural rhythm that aimed musically to reinvent poetic language. In support of this, the book examines closely what Wagner 'really' said in the prose works that were becoming known in Paris by the 1860s, in particular, Wagner's important French text, the Lettre sur la musique. It also re-examines Baudelaire's classic Wagner-brochure, and reveals its author's surprisingly firm grasp of Wagner's musico-poetic fusion. In musically informed commentary, Professor Lees surveys the four decades of success and failure that resulted from Mallarm repeated attempts to draw out the musical gestures and resonances of words alone. In the process, he throws new light on many of Mallarm best-known texts, hitherto judged 'difficult' by those who have failed to

Wagner and Beethoven

This book analyzes the lifelong impact of Beethoven's music on Wagner and its importance for his conception of music drama.

Author: Klaus Kropfinger

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521342015

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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This book analyzes the lifelong impact of Beethoven's music on Wagner and its importance for his conception of music drama. Kropfinger charts and scrutinizes Wagner's early responses to the composer and considers his experience as a conductor of Beethoven's music. A discussion of the Romantic "Beethoven image" leads to a careful study of Wagner's aesthetic writings, including his "programmatic explanations," the text "Concerning Franz Liszt's symphonic poems," and his Beethoven centenary essay. The penultimate chapter addresses Wagner's theory and practice of music drama, which he came to regard as the preordained successor to the Beethoven symphony. By analyzing special terms--such as "Leitmotiv"--Wagner's structural view of musical drama comes to the fore; it is a view that deepens not only our understanding of musical drama as a "hybrid" genre of art but also of purely musical structure and forms that Wagner sought to outdo.

Wagner s Musical Prose

This book provides critical perspectives on Wagner's prose on musical subjects set in historical and intellectual context.

Author: Thomas S. Grey

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521033195

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 420

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This book provides critical perspectives on Wagner's prose on musical subjects set in historical and intellectual context.

The Parsifal christ experience in Wagner s Music Drama

The polymath Prof. HERMANN BECKH, Dr. jur. et phil. (1875-1937) is being rediscovered.

Author: Hermann Beckh

Publisher:

ISBN: 0956926673

Category:

Page: 130

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The polymath Prof. HERMANN BECKH, Dr. jur. et phil. (1875-1937) is being rediscovered. This linguist, Orientalist and Christian priest - an active music-lover, who also wrote music - penned pioneer works on our musical system still respected by musicians and musicologists. Beckh also champions the music drama of Richard WAGNER. In The 'Parsifal' = Christ = Experience in Wagner's music drama - referring to Wagner's own letters and a most remarkable letter of Nietzsche - Beckh faces the deepest inner question of our time, identified by Wagner. In the poetic libretto and remarkable music of his final creation, Wagner presents the Grail legend and its imagery. The psychological drama and its ultimate solution is accessible to all those who reflect on their experience. Beckh's original insights bring a new and powerful light to the search for meaning of our age, for a knowledge of the heart. The reader meets the real Wagner, acknowledged by Bruckner himself as "the master."

Wagner Lyrics for Soprano

The main cause of Wagner's unique position in the history of opera lies in the fact that he was not only a composer, but also a dramatic poet, and was thus enabled to carry out successfully the theory which he gradually developed.

Author: Richard Wagner

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1722064307

Category:

Page: 184

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The main cause of Wagner's unique position in the history of opera lies in the fact that he was not only a composer, but also a dramatic poet, and was thus enabled to carry out successfully the theory which he gradually developed. No graver mistake can be made than to look upon Wagner solely as a great musician. His originality of expression is as marked in the librettos of his works as in their music. His sense of color, of rhythm, of dramatic effect, no less than his insight into all the phenomena of human character, was wonderfully exact. A man of such many-sided genius was the only one who could achieve the emancipation of the musical drama from the old "grand" opera. Had it not been for Wagner's personal ability to realize in every detail his performances, he would never have been more than a visionary. His striking musical originality would have attracted attention, but as a musician alone he would, in all probability, have failed to revolutionize the operatic world in the epoch-making manner in which he has done so. As long as the musical and dramatic elements of an operatic work are elaborated by different individuals, one will always be found to lean upon or to be sacrificed to the other. It would be difficult to point to any other musician, with the single exception, perhaps, of Beethoven, whose career exhibits such continued growth. Much as Wagner in his early days was inspired by the romantic fire of a Spontini (of which this master's La Vestale and Fernando Cortex give proof), much as he delighted in his own Rienzi, because it seemed to him to be the happy combination of the explosive materials of an heroic drama with all the pomp and circumstance of French "grand" opera, yet he was severe enough in his self-criticism to recognize the fact that he never could reach artistic independence on those lines. So in spite of the success obtained by Rienzi he abandoned this style of composition, and turned to new ways in The Flying Dutchman. In this drama we first meet with so-called "leading motives" (Leitmotiven), which are short but pregnant musical phrases, intended to portray the various personages of the action, the different passions which animate them or the sentiments they express. It is specially due to the use of these leading motives that Wagner's music is so wonderfully impressive, because by combining them or varying them in the most admirable manner, they become true plastic images of the figures of the drama in all their manifold relations towards each other. It is through the thematic character of Wagner's music that the drama obtains its intense force and clearness. Liszt has aptly remarked: "He makes the orchestra reflect; in his hands it reveals to us the soul, the passions, the sentiments, the slightest emotions of his personages; with him the orchestra becomes the echo, the fine veil through which he lets us perceive all the vibrations of their hearts; one might say that they palpitatein this medium, and across its sonorous and diaphanous walls we are alive to the most impetuous as well as to the slightest emotions..."..

Richard Wagner

There are few, if any, scholars today who know more about Wagner and his legacy than Geck, who builds upon his extensive research and considerable knowledge as one of the editors of the Complete Works to offer a distinctive appraisal of the ...

Author: Martin Geck

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226924625

Category: Music

Page: 416

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Best known for the challenging four-opera cycle The Ring of the Nibelung, Richard Wagner (1813–83) was a conductor, librettist, theater director, and essayist, in addition to being the composer of some of the most enduring operatic works in history, such as The Flying Dutchman, Tannhäuser, and Tristan and Isolde. Though his influence on the development of European music is indisputable, Wagner was also quite outspoken on the politics and culture of his time. His ideas traveled beyond musical circles into philosophy, literature, theater staging, and the visual arts. To befit such a dynamic figure, acclaimed biographer Martin Geck offers here a Wagner biography unlike any other, one that strikes a unique balance between the technical musical aspects of Wagner’s compositions and his overarching understanding of aesthetics. Wagner has always inspired passionate admirers as well as numerous detractors, with the result that he has achieved a mythical stature nearly equal to that of the Valkyries and Viking heroes he popularized. There are few, if any, scholars today who know more about Wagner and his legacy than Geck, who builds upon his extensive research and considerable knowledge as one of the editors of the Complete Works to offer a distinctive appraisal of the composer and the operas. Using a wide range of sources, from contemporary scholars to the composer’s own words, Geck explores key ideas in Wagner’s life and works, while always keeping the music in the foreground. Geck discusses not only all the major operas, but also several unfinished operas and even the composer’s early attempts at quasi-Shakespearean drama. Richard Wagner: A Life in Music is a landmark study of one of music’s most important figures, offering something new to opera enthusiasts, Wagnerians, and anti-Wagnerians alike.

Designs on Space

In inside, illustrated look at the next generation of NASA space probes and missions covers the International Space Station, the manned mission to Mars, and numerous unmanned missions to the outer planets and their moons. 40,000 first ...

Author: Richard Wagner

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780684856766

Category: Science

Page: 138

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In inside, illustrated look at the next generation of NASA space probes and missions covers the International Space Station, the manned mission to Mars, and numerous unmanned missions to the outer planets and their moons. 40,000 first printing.