Wagner: (Revised ed.) / Edition 1

Wagner: (Revised ed.) / Edition 1

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by Barry Millington, Wilhelm Richard Wagner
     
 

Wagner is one of the most controversial of composers, and much that has been written about him—including his autobiography—is misleading. Barry Millington draws on the best previous scholarship and his own original research to set the record straight. The first part of this book is devoted to biography; the second, to a detailed study of the operas.

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Wagner is one of the most controversial of composers, and much that has been written about him—including his autobiography—is misleading. Barry Millington draws on the best previous scholarship and his own original research to set the record straight. The first part of this book is devoted to biography; the second, to a detailed study of the operas. Millington offers a historical review of the critical interpretation of each opera, including a discussion of recent methods of formal analysis. In this revised edition, two chapters, those on Tannhauser and Die Meistersinger, include significant new material. The bibliography has also been updated.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691027227
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/30/1992
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 8.64(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of illustrations
1Childhood and adolescence (1813-32)1
2Chorus master and musical director (1833-9)11
3Failure in Paris, success in Dresden (1839-47)20
4The bourgeois revolutionary (1848-9)33
5Exile (1849-55)41
6Blighted hopes (1856-63)61
7Royal patronage and fulfilment of a dream (1864-76)74
8A new creed (1877-83)100
9'Bayreuth Idealism': the catastrophe114
10The music124
11Die Feen and Das Liebesverbot140
12Rienzi148
13Der fliegende Hollander157
14Tannhauser168
15Lohengrin180
16Der Ring des Nibelungen191
Sources191
Construction of the libretto194
Composition sketches196
Musico-poetic synthesis202
Leitmotif208
Tonality and structure218
Orchestration220
Interpretations222
17Tristan und Isolde228
Sources230
Composition232
Musico-poetic synthesis233
Leitmotif235
Tonal relations237
18Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg244
Sources246
Composition247
Musico-poetic synthesis247
Formal structure249
Tonal relations251
Historical and political background252
19Parsifal256
Sources256
Composition and first performances258
Musico-poetic synthesis259
Tonal relations260
Orchestration264
Interpretations265
20Other instrumental and vocal works272
Orchestral272
Piano281
Songs284
Choral286
App. A: Calendar288
App. B: List of works300
App. C: Personalia307
App. D: Select bibliography314
App. E: The stages of Wagner's composition326
Index327

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