Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländerby Thomas Grey
Pub. Date: 11/01/1900
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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.
Table of Contents1. 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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