Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander

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This handbook provides an in-depth account of the origins, style, and performance history of Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), universally acknowledged as Wagner's first truly significant, original work. Designed for scholars, performers and the opera-going public, the book examines the biographical impulses behind the opera's conception, its place in the composer's career, its literary sources and production history. There is also a detailed survey of how generations of performers have interpreted the musical score. Rare pictures from important and influential productions complete this invaluable guide.

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"The book rates recommendation as a comprehensive and informative study of Wagner's fourth opera..." The Opera Journal

"rightly Grey has been called "a true Wagnerian, not only in his seemingly flawless ability to divine what wagner was up to but in the substance and manner of his style"." Opera Otrly

"This book, which offers an "in depth account of the origins, style, and performance of Der fliegende Holländer invites us to do so with an opera of both great dramatic and musical reputation...Grey has also made several contributions to the important and useful IThe Wagner Compendium: A guide to Wagner's Life and Music" German Studies Review 2002

Brechbill's study of its performance history are both exhaustive and very useful...This is a welcome book that is concluded with many useful documents" German Studies Review 2002

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521587631
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Series: Cambridge Opera Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The return of the prodigal son: Richard Wagner and Der Fliegende Holländer Thomas Grey; 2. The sources and genesis of text Barry Millington; 3. Text, action, and music in Der Fliegende Holländer Thomas Grey; 4. Romantic opera as 'dramatic ballad': Der Fliegende Holländer and its generic contexts Thomas Grey; 5. Landfall on stage: a brief production history Patrick Carnegy; 6. Performance history David Breckbill; 7. Canonising the Dutchman: Bayreuth, Wagnerism, and Der Fliegende Holländer Stephen McClatchie.

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