Interpreting Wagner

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Overview

What do Wagner's operas really mean? How much room do they leave for different perspectives? In this fresh and inventive book, James Treadwell lays open the rich possibilities for interpretation offered across the full range of Wagner's art. Focussing steadily on Wagner's music, dramas and prose writings, rather than on questions of biography or influence, the book carefully traces the tensions and uncertainties embedded within the composer's central themes. The result is a new and vivid depiction of the essential character of Wagner's work.

Addressing both general Wagner enthusiasts and more scholarly students of music, Treadwell identifies and pursues the habitual concerns of Wagner's operas and writings: enchantment, seduction, heroism, victory, transcendence and sacredness. While Wagner's work repeatedly and urgently sets itself to deny various or ambiguous interpretations, the operas themselves are nevertheless far more intricate and conflicted than this denial allows for. In this altered light, the dimensions of Wagner's art are unexpectedly extended, and its enduring vitality is refreshingly reasserted.

James Treadwell was lecturer and junior research fellow at the University of Oxford, and assistant professor of English at McGill University.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300098150
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/20/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
A note on citations and translations
Pt. I Romance 1
1 The romance of opera 3
2 Myths of the artist 18
3 Enchantment 34
4 Disenchantment 51
Pt. II Revolution 65
5 Writing the future 67
6 Staging the future 84
7 Writing the past 101
8 Staging the past 115
Pt. III Exile 135
9 The art of transition 137
10 Desire 156
11 Nirvana 171
12 Politics and fantasy 187
Pt. IV Religion 203
13 Purity 205
14 Buhnenweihfestspiel 224
15 Transformation music 239
16 The Grail 255
Notes and further reading 270
Index 277
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