Wagner and Russia

Wagner and Russia

by Rosamund Bartlett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521035821

ISBN-13: 9780521035828

Pub. Date: 05/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Wagner is often held to have exerted a greater impact on modern culture than any other artist, yet the history of the reception of his works in Russia has until now remained largely unexplored. This book, which draws extensively on unpublished archival materials and other contemporary sources, aims to show that in certain important respects, Wagner's music and ideas…  See more details below

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Wagner is often held to have exerted a greater impact on modern culture than any other artist, yet the history of the reception of his works in Russia has until now remained largely unexplored. This book, which draws extensively on unpublished archival materials and other contemporary sources, aims to show that in certain important respects, Wagner's music and ideas found more fertile ground in Russia than anywhere else in Europe. Beginning with the first mention of Wagner's name in the Russian press in 1841, and ending almost 150 years later when the composer was finally rehabilitated during the years of glasnost, this study provides the first detailed account of Wagner's visit to Russia in 1863, and a history of the productions of his works in Russia both before and after the Revolution (including radical stagings by Meyerhold and Eisenstein). The book pays special attention to Wagner's important influence on the Russian Modernist movement, focusing particularly on his impact on the leading Symbolist writers, Vyacheslav Ivanov, Andrey Bely and Aleksandr Blok.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521035828
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature Series
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.98(d)

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on the text
List of abbreviations
Introduction1
Pt. 1Wagner and Nineteenth-Century Russia9
1Reception and performance history, 1841-186311
2Reception and performance history, 1863-189036
Pt. 2Wagner and Russian Modernism57
3Reception and performance history, 1890-191759
4Wagner and the Russian Symbolists: Vyacheslav Ivanov117
5Wagner and the Russian Symbolists: Bely, Medtner and Ellis140
6Wagner and the Russian Symbolists: Aleksandr Blok195
Pt. 3Wagner and Soviet Russia219
7Reception and performance history, 1917-1941221
8Reception and performance history, 1941-1991287
Appendices297
Notes315
Select bibliography372
Index401

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