Aspects of Wagner / Edition 2

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Overview

Why has Wagner always provoked such passionately strong feelings? Described by W. H. Auden as 'perhaps the greatest genius that ever lived', he continues to inspire greater adulation and loathing than any other composer. In this penetrating analysis of Wagner's work Bryan Magee examines both Wagner's music and detailed stage directions, together with the prose works in which he formulated his ideas. He outlines the astonishing range and depth of Wagner's influence on the culture of our age, showing its profound effects upon musicians, poets, novelists, painters, philosophers, and politicians.

A penetrating analysis of Wagner's work, concentrating on his sensational and deeply erotic music expresses the highly charged contents of the psyche.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192840127
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/1988
  • Series: Oxford Paperbacks Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 7.69 (w) x 5.13 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Bryan Magee is a writer, critic, and broadcaster and author of Men of Ideas and The Great Philosophers.

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Table of Contents

1 Wagner's Theory of Opera 1
2 Jews--Not Least in Music 17
3 Wagnerolatry 29
4 The Influence of Wagner 45
5 Wagner in Performance 57
6 Wagner as Music 73
Index 93
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