Classically Romantic: Classical Form and Meaning in Wagner's Ring

Classically Romantic: Classical Form and Meaning in Wagner's Ring

by Jeffrey Buller

Paperback(Twentieth Anniversary Updated Edition)

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What did Richard Wagner know about ancient Greece? More importantly, what did he think he knew? How did Wagner's attitudes about classical tragedy shape the Ring cycle?

In this book, internationally acclaimed scholar Jeffrey L. Buller explores how Wagner's views about ancient tragedy helped him structure the Ring. Moreover, in a major contribution to the field, Buller reveals that leitmotivs don't exist in Wagner's music alone but that the composer also used certain patterns of alliteration, colors, and types of characters in ways similar that closely parallel his musical leitmotivs.

Now in an updated and beautifully formatted second edition, Classically Romantic encourages viewers of the Ring to see the cycle in an entirely new light.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781668528129
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 08/12/2021
Edition description: Twentieth Anniversary Updated Edition
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey L. Buller is a senior partner in ATLAS: Academic Training, Leadership, and Assessment Services. He has served in administrative positions ranging from department chair to vice president for academic affairs at four very different institutions: Loras College, Georgia Southern University, Mary Baldwin College, and Florida Atlantic University. He is the author of twenty-four books on academic leadership, a textbook for first year college students, and several novels. Dr. Buller has also published more than 200 articles, essays, and reviews, including works on Greek and Latin literature, nineteenth- and twentieth-century opera, and college administration. From 2003-2005, he served as the Wagner Society of New York’s English-language lecturer at the International Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany. More recently, Dr. Buller has been active as a consultant to the Ministry of Education and many universities in Saudi Arabia, where he is helping to improve academic leadership across the Kingdom.

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