Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

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In addition to exploring the opera's literary sources and its evolution from light comedy, this account examines the music and historical tradition of the Mastersingers as well as the Hans Sachs character, and reveals how Wagner communicates with his audience, musically and dramatically.
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"This introductory study fully realizes the aims of a Cambridge Opera Handbook by presenting abundant, synoptic, analytical, and historical information about Die Meistersinger along with distinctive critical interpretations." Opera Quarterly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521448956
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Series: Cambridge Opera Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 1,173,716
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
General preface
Composition and performance details
1 The sources and genesis of the text 1
2 Synopsis 38
3 Sachs, Beckmesser and Mastersong 49
4 Sachs and Schopenhauer 66
5 Richard Wagner and Hans Sachs 83
6 Die Meistersinger: naive or sentimental art? 98
7 Wahn, words and music 111
8 Stage history 135
App. I: The Wahn monologue 153
App. II: Sachs's final address 157
App. III: The original Prize Song 159
Notes 163
Select bibliography 168
Index of names 173
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