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Richard Wagner (1813-1883) aimed to be more than just a composer. He set out to redefine opera as a "total work of art" combining the highest aspirations of drama, poetry, the symphony, the visual arts, even religion and philosophy. Equally celebrated and vilified in his own time, Wagner continues to provoke debate today regarding his political legacy as well as his music and aesthetic theories. Wagner and His World examines his works in their intellectual and cultural contexts.

Seven original essays investigate such topics as music drama in light of rituals of naming in the composer's works and the politics of genre; the role of leitmotif in Wagner's reception; the urge for extinction in Tristan und Isolde as psychology and symbol; Wagner as his own stage director; his conflicted relationship with pianist-composer Franz Liszt; the anti-French satire Eine Kapitulation in the context of the Franco-Prussian War; and responses of Jewish writers and musicians to Wagner's anti-Semitism. In addition to the editor, the contributors are Karol Berger, Leon Botstein, Lydia Goehr, Kenneth Hamilton, Katherine Syer, and Christian Thorau.

This book also includes translations of essays, reviews, and memoirs by champions and detractors of Wagner; glimpses into his domestic sphere in Tribschen and Bayreuth; and all of Wagner's program notes to his own works. Introductions and annotations are provided by the editor and David Breckbill, Mary A. Cicora, James Deaville, Annegret Fauser, Steven Huebner, David Trippett, and Nicholas Vazsonyi.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Permissions
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Part I: Essays
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. From Page to Stage: Wagner as Regisseur
  2. KATHERINE SYER
  3. pp. 3-26
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  1. Wagner and Liszt: Elective Affinities
  2. KENNETH HAMILTON
  3. pp. 27-64
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  1. From Opera to Music Drama:Nominal Loss, Titular Gain
  2. LYDIA GOEHR
  3. pp. 65-86
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  1. Eine Kapitulation: Aristophanic Operettaas Cultural Warfare in 1870
  2. THOMAS S. GREY
  3. pp. 87-122
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  1. A Note on Tristan’s Death Wish
  2. KAROL BERGER
  3. pp. 123-132
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  1. Guides for Wagnerites: Leitmotifs and Wagnerian Listening
  2. CHRISTIAN THORAU
  3. pp. 133-150
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  1. German Jews and Wagner
  2. LEON BOTSTEIN
  3. pp. 151-198
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  1. Part II: Biographical Contexts
  2. pp. 199-200
  1. Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient and Wagner’s Dresden
  2. CLAIRE VON GLÜMER, HENRY CHORLEY
  3. pp. 201-229
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  1. Catulle Mendès Visits Tribschen
  2. CATULLE MENDÈS
  3. pp. 230-236
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  1. Recollections of Villa Wahnfried from Wagner’s American Dentist
  2. NEWELL SILL JENKINS
  3. pp. 237-248
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  1. Part III: Toward a Music of the Future 1840–1860
  2. pp. 249-250
  1. The Overture to Tannhäuser
  2. FRANZ LISZT
  3. pp. 251-268
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  1. Letters to a Young Composer About Wagner
  2. JOHANN CHRISTIAN LOBE
  3. pp. 269-310
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  1. Franz Brendel’s Reconciliation Address
  2. FRANZ BRENDEL
  3. pp. 311-332
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  1. Part IV: Wagner and Paris
  2. pp. 333-334
  1. Wagner Admires Meyerbeer (Les Huguenots)
  2. RICHARD WAGNER
  3. pp. 335-346
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  1. Debacle at the Paris Opéra: Tannhäuser and the French Critics, 1861
  2. OSCAR COMETTANT, PAUL SCUDO
  3. pp. 347-371
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  1. The Revue wagnérienne: Symbolism, Aestheticism, and Germanophilia
  2. J. K. HUYSMANS, TEODOR DE WYZEWA, EDOUARD DUJARDIN
  3. pp. 372-388
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  1. Part V: The Bayreuth Era
  2. pp. 389-390
  1. Press Releases from the Bayreuth Festival, 1876: An Early Attempt at Spin Control
  2. J. ZIMMERMANN
  3. pp. 391-408
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  1. Hanslick contra Wagner:“The Ring Cycle Comes to Vienna”and “Parsifal Literature”
  2. EDUARD HANSLICK
  3. pp. 409-425
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  1. Hans von Wolzogen’s Parsifal (1887)
  2. HANS VON WOLZOGEN
  3. pp. 426-434
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  1. Cosima Wagner’s Bayreuth
  2. RICHARD POHL, ARTHUR SEIDL, EUGEN GURA, ARNOLD SCHERING, HEINRICH CHEVALLEY
  3. pp. 435-476
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  1. Part VI: The Complete Program Notes of Richard Wagner
  2. pp. 477-478
  1. Wagner Introduces Wagner (and Beethoven): Program Notes Written for Concert Performances by and of Richard Wagner, 1846–1880
  2. RICHARD WAGNER
  3. pp. 479-520
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 521-536
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  1. Notes on the Contributors
  2. pp. 537-542
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400831784
Related ISBN
9780691143668
MARC Record
OCLC
660034390
Pages
576
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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