Judaism in Music and Other Essays

Judaism in Music and Other Essays

by Richard Wagner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803297661

ISBN-13: 9780803297661

Pub. Date: 06/01/1995

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press


Musical genius, polemicist, explosive personality—that was the nineteenth-century German composer Richard Wagner, who paid as much attention to his reputation as to his genius. Often maddening, and sometimes called mad, Wagner wrote with the same intensity that characterized his music.
 
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Musical genius, polemicist, explosive personality—that was the nineteenth-century German composer Richard Wagner, who paid as much attention to his reputation as to his genius. Often maddening, and sometimes called mad, Wagner wrote with the same intensity that characterized his music.
 
The letters and essays collected in Judaism in Music and Other Essays were published during the 1850s and 1860s, the period when he was chiefly occupied with the creation of The Ring of the Nibelung. Highlighting this collection is the notorious 1850 article “Judaism in Music,” which caused such a firestorm that nearly twenty years later Wagner published an unapologetic appendix. Other prose pieces include “On the Performing of Tannhauser,” written while he was in political exile; “On Musical Criticism,” an appeal for a more vital approach to art undivorced from life; and “Music of the Future.” This volume concludes with letters to friends about the intent and performance of his great operas; estimations of Liszt, Beethoven, Mozart, Gluck, Berlioz, and others; and suggestions for the reform of opera houses in Vienna, Paris, and Zurich.
 
The Bison Book edition includes the full text of volume 3 of William Ashton Ellis’s 1894 translation commissioned by the London Wagner Society.

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ISBN-13:
9780803297661
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
06/01/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,101,160
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Preface
Author's Introduction1
On the "Goethe-Stiftung"5
A Theatre at Zurich23
On Musical Criticism59
Judaism in Music75
Mementoes of Spontini123
Homage to L. Spohr and W. Fischer145
Gluck's Overture to "Iphigenia in Aulis"153
On the Performing of "Tannhauser"167
Remarks on Performing "The Flying Dutchman"207
Explanatory Programmes219
1Beethoven's "Heroic Symphony"221
2Beethoven's Overture to "Coriolanus"225
3Overture to "Der fliegende Hollander"228
4Overture to "Tannhauser"229
5Prelude to "Lohengrin"231
On Franz Liszt's Symphonic Poems235
Epilogue to the "Nibelung's Ring"255
Preface to the "Ring" Poem274
A Letter to Hector Berlioz285
"Zukunftsmusik" ("Music of the Future")293
On the Production of "Tannhauser" in Paris347
The Vienna Opera-House361
Summary387
Index405

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