Wagner and Russia

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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 This book, which draws extensively on unpublished archival materials and other contemporary sources, aims to show that in certain important respects, Wagner's music and ideas found more fertile ground in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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"...offers a wealth of information on the reception of Wagner in Russia, and it provides a broad view of a theme which as hitherto only been treated in shorter essays....will be useful in both the undergraduate and graduate classroom. It reads fluidly and is handsomely laid out..." Slavic and East European Journal

"...an essential source for all those who wish to pursue the subject further." The Russian Review

"I recognize with gratitude the work Bartlett has undertaken in collecting so much undeniably helpful information under one cover." Opera Quarterly

"This fine study traces Wagner's music and ideas in Russia from 1841 to 1991, detailing his reception and performance history, the factors that shaped them, and his admirers and detractors." Slavic Review

"...a rich volume, blending vivid strands of Russian music, art, theater, philosophy, and politics....Without question, the landscape of Wagner's reception and influence has been significantly enlarged by Bartlett's fine and ambitious text." Carol Reynolds, Book Reviews

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Table of Contents

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Notes on the text
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Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Wagner and Nineteenth-Century Russia 9
1 Reception and performance history, 1841-1863 11
2 Reception and performance history, 1863-1890 36
Pt. 2 Wagner and Russian Modernism 57
3 Reception and performance history, 1890-1917 59
4 Wagner and the Russian Symbolists: Vyacheslav Ivanov 117
5 Wagner and the Russian Symbolists: Bely, Medtner and Ellis 140
6 Wagner and the Russian Symbolists: Aleksandr Blok 195
Pt. 3 Wagner and Soviet Russia 219
7 Reception and performance history, 1917-1941 221
8 Reception and performance history, 1941-1991 287
Appendices 297
Notes 315
Select bibliography 372
Index 401
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