Richard Wagner for the New Millennium: Essays in Music and Culture

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This is the first truly interdisciplinary collection devoted to the legacy of Richard Wagner to merge insights from Musicology and Music Theory with explorations of the composer's vast socio-cultural impact from such fields as History, German, and Disability Studies. The wide ranging topics include Glenn Gould's piano transcriptions, the value of naming musical themes in the music dramas, the status of Wagner in Israel, and the assignment of "Jewish" characteristics in both Wagner's music and polemics and, in ...

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Overview

This is the first truly interdisciplinary collection devoted to the legacy of Richard Wagner to merge insights from Musicology and Music Theory with explorations of the composer's vast socio-cultural impact from such fields as History, German, and Disability Studies. The wide ranging topics include Glenn Gould's piano transcriptions, the value of naming musical themes in the music dramas, the status of Wagner in Israel, and the assignment of "Jewish" characteristics in both Wagner's music and polemics and, in recent years, to his descendant, musicologist Gottfried Wagner. Contributors include Robert Gauldin, Warren Darcy, Marc Weiner, and Paul Rose.

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"The promise is great: a 'dissonant' reading of Wagner's operas for the 'New' Millennium. This rich and varied account of Wagner as understood at the beginning of the 21st century summarizes and continues those powerful debates that so marked the close of the 20th century: the debate about Wagner and anti-Semitism leads now into an original reading of 'Wagner and disability'; studies examine 'Wagner and performance' from Glenn Gould to contemporary Israel; essays on the opera's structure and its meanings ask difficult questions for our time. A valuable addition to your Wagner library."—Sander L. Gilman, Emory University

"This collection of essays offers ample evidence that our fascination with Wagner and his works continues unabated across the millennial divide, both in the popular and the scholarly realms. The papers in this collection focus primarily on Wagner's still disturbing anti-Semitism, and on crucial aspects of his formidable compositional technique—associative musical themes, harmonic and tonal structure, and formal structure. Both cultural historians and musical scholars will find much of interest here."—Patrick McCreless, Yale University

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Meet the Author

Matthew Bribitzer-Stull is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of Minnesota. He has published on Wagner and the chromatic music of the 19th century in Music Theory Spectrum, Journal of Music Theory, Music Analysis, Intégral, Journal of Musicological Research, and Journal of Schenkerian Studies. Alex Lubet is Morse Alumni/Graduate & Professional Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music, Jewish Studies, and American Studies at the University of Minnesota. His writings appear in such publications as Ethnomusicology, Annual Review of Jazz Studies, Essays in American Music since 1950, Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, Disability Studies Quarterly and Sage Encyclopedia of Disability. He serves as Associate Editor of Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal. Gottfried Wagner is great-grandson of composer Richard Wagner and great-great grandson of composer-pianist Franz Liszt. Wagner works internationally as a multimedia lecturer, director, musicologist, and author.

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Table of Contents

Lingering Dissonances in Wagner Scholarship—Matthew Bribitzer-Stull and Alex Lubet
• On the Need to Debate Richard Wagner in an Open Society: How to Confront Wagner Today Beyond Glorification and Condemnation—Gottfried Wagner
• Tracing Mathilde's Aß Major—Robert Gauldin * Glenn Gould and Richard Wagner—Timothy Maloney * Subverting the Conventions of Number Opera from Within: Hierarchical and Associational Uses of Tonality in Act I of Der fliegende Holländer—William Marvin
• Naming Wagner's Themes—Matthew Bribitzer-Stull * In Search of C Major: Tonal Structure and Formal Design in Act III of Die Meistersinger—Warren Darcy
• Lingering Discourses: Critics, Jews, and the Case of Gottfried Wagner—Marc Weiner
• Wagner's Emblematic Role: The Case of Holocaust Commemoration in Israel—Na'ama Sheffi
• Richard Wagner and Disability Studies—Alex Lubet * Anti-Semitism in Music: Wagner and the Origins of the Holocaust—Paul Lawrence Rose

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