Wagner and the Romantic Hero

Wagner and the Romantic Hero

by Simon Williams
     
 

Few major artists have aroused the ire and adulation of successive generations as persistently as Richard Wagner. The centre of controversy during his lifetime, when he died he was the most idolized man in Germany. Little has changed since then. In this book based on lectures delivered at the Bayreuth Festival, Simon Williams explores the reason for this adulation and… See more details below

Overview

Few major artists have aroused the ire and adulation of successive generations as persistently as Richard Wagner. The centre of controversy during his lifetime, when he died he was the most idolized man in Germany. Little has changed since then. In this book based on lectures delivered at the Bayreuth Festival, Simon Williams explores the reason for this adulation and antipathy by examining one of the most contested aspects of Wagner's work, his treatment of the hero. He begins by defining heroism as it was understood in Wagner's time and then explores the phenomenon of heroism and the hero in all thirteen of the stage works. He concludes with a survey of how the Wagnerian hero and the idea of heroism has been interpreted on the modern stage. Williams offers a theatrical and cultural reevaluation of one of the most enduring and controversial figures in the history of the arts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521153447
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/10/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1Modes of heroism in the early nineteenth century5
2Wagner and the early nineteenth-century theatre20
3Early music-drama : the isolated hero37
4Heroism, tragedy, and the Ring68
5The last music-dramas : toward the messiah102
6Wagner's heroism on stage142

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