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Richard Wagner was one of the leading conductors of his time. Through his disciples Hans von Bülow, Hans Richter, Anton Seidl, Felix Mottl, Arthur Nikisch, and their many notable protégés, a Wagnerian art of interpretation became the norm in Europe and America until well into the twentieth century. Wagner's essays on conducting had an even longer impact, and were upheld as central to their art by later generations of conductors from Mahler to Strauss, Furtwängler, Böhm, Scherchen, and beyond.

This is the first complete, modern translation of Wagner's conducting essays to appear in English, and the first-ever edition to offer extensive annotations explaining their reception and impact. The accompanying critical essay offers a detailed analysis of Wagner's conducting practices, his innovations in tempo and the art of transition, his creation of a new vocabulary to describe his art, and his success in establishing a school of conductors to promote his works and his aesthetic.

Chris Walton is an honorary professor at Africa Open Institute, Stellenbosch University, and a research associate at the Bern University of the Arts.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title
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  1. Fm
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Chris Walton, Törbel and Solothurn
  3. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Abbreviations
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  1. Author’s Note
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. PART I. Richard Wagner’s Writings on Conducting
  1. Chapter One. Reminiscences of Spontini
  2. pp. 9-14
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  1. Chapter Two. Report on the Performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Dresden in 1846
  2. pp. 15-22
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  1. Chapter Three. About Conducting
  2. pp. 23-90
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  1. 3a. About Conducting, continued
  2. pp. 91-108
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  1. Chapter Four. On Performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
  2. pp. 109-142
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  1. PART II. Critical Essay
  1. Chapter Five. Richard Wagner and the Art of Conducting
  2. pp. 145-197
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  1. 5a. Richard Wagner and the Art of Conducting, continued
  2. pp. 198-249
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  1. 5b. Richard Wagner and the Art of Conducting, continued
  2. pp. 250-274
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 275-290
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  1. Index
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  1. Index continued
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781800101890
MARC Record
OCLC
1252627937
Pages
319
Launched on MUSE
2021-11-03
Open Access
Yes
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