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Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde
     

Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde

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by Roger Scruton
 

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ISBN-10: 0195166914

ISBN-13: 9780195166910

Pub. Date: 12/18/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


A tale of forbidden love and inevitable death, the medieval legend of Tristan and Isolde recounts the story of two lovers unknowingly drinking a magic potion and ultimately dying in one another's arms. While critics have lauded Wagner's Tristan and Isolde for the originality and subtlety of the music, they have denounced the drama as a "mere trifle"--a

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A tale of forbidden love and inevitable death, the medieval legend of Tristan and Isolde recounts the story of two lovers unknowingly drinking a magic potion and ultimately dying in one another's arms. While critics have lauded Wagner's Tristan and Isolde for the originality and subtlety of the music, they have denounced the drama as a "mere trifle"--a rendering of Wagner's forbidden love for Matilde Wesendonck, the wife of a banker who supported him during his exile in Switzerland.

Death-Devoted Heart explodes this established interpretation, proving the drama to be more than just a sublimation of the composer's love for Wesendonck or a wistful romantic dream. Scruton boldly attests that Tristan and Isolde has profound religious meaning and remains as relevant today as it was to Wagner's contemporaries. He also offers keen insight into the nature of erotic love, the sacred qualities of human passion, and the peculiar place of the erotic in our culture. His argument touches on the nature of tragedy, the significance of ritual sacrifice, and the meaning of redemption, providing a fresh interpretation of Wagner's masterpiece. Roger Scruton has written an original and provocative account of Wagner's music drama, which blends philosophy, criticism, and musicology in order to show the work's importance in the twenty-first century.

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ISBN-13:
9780195166910
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/18/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1440L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1Wagner and Religion3
2The Story of Tristan15
3Wagner's Treatment of the Story35
4The Music of Tristan75
5The Philosophy of Love119
6Tragedy and Sacrifice161
7Love, Death, and Redemption177
Epilogue: From Romance to Ritual195
AppendixTable of Motives199
Notes209
Selected Bibliography225
Index233

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