Wagner: (Revised ed.) / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Opera
Millington has assimilated the discoveries of leading Wagner scholars of our day and presented them so lucidly that they will be understood and enjoyed by music lovers at large.
Classical Music
An account of the composer's life and career which is as close to the truth as we are currently able to get.
BBC Music Weekly
Absolutely masterly. . . to summarize Wagner's life, influence, works, and the whole political, philosophical, and social argument around them, from the standpoint of 1985, and to do it with such lucid, engaging style. . . . It's a very good book.
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"Millington has assimilated the discoveries of leading Wagner scholars of our day and presented them so lucidly that they will be understood and enjoyed by music lovers at large."—
Opera

"An account of the composer's life and career which is as close to the truth as we are currently able to get."—
Classical Music

"Absolutely masterly. . . to summarize Wagner's life, influence, works, and the whole political, philosophical, and social argument around them, from the standpoint of 1985, and to do it with such lucid, engaging style. . . . It's a very good book."—
BBC Music Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691027227
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/1992
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 1,120,522
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of illustrations
1 Childhood and adolescence (1813-32) 1
2 Chorus master and musical director (1833-9) 11
3 Failure in Paris, success in Dresden (1839-47) 20
4 The bourgeois revolutionary (1848-9) 33
5 Exile (1849-55) 41
6 Blighted hopes (1856-63) 61
7 Royal patronage and fulfilment of a dream (1864-76) 74
8 A new creed (1877-83) 100
9 'Bayreuth Idealism': the catastrophe 114
10 The music 124
11 Die Feen and Das Liebesverbot 140
12 Rienzi 148
13 Der fliegende Hollander 157
14 Tannhauser 168
15 Lohengrin 180
16 Der Ring des Nibelungen 191
Sources 191
Construction of the libretto 194
Composition sketches 196
Musico-poetic synthesis 202
Leitmotif 208
Tonality and structure 218
Orchestration 220
Interpretations 222
17 Tristan und Isolde 228
Sources 230
Composition 232
Musico-poetic synthesis 233
Leitmotif 235
Tonal relations 237
18 Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg 244
Sources 246
Composition 247
Musico-poetic synthesis 247
Formal structure 249
Tonal relations 251
Historical and political background 252
19 Parsifal 256
Sources 256
Composition and first performances 258
Musico-poetic synthesis 259
Tonal relations 260
Orchestration 264
Interpretations 265
20 Other instrumental and vocal works 272
Orchestral 272
Piano 281
Songs 284
Choral 286
App. A: Calendar 288
App. B: List of works 300
App. C: Personalia 307
App. D: Select bibliography 314
App. E: The stages of Wagner's composition 326
Index 327
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2000

    Wonderful Book

    As a Wagner fan, I found this book incredibly informative and wonderfully written. It explores in great depth the controversial composer. Anyone wishing to know more about Wagner the man (or Wagner the artist for that matter) should buy this book.

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