Eternal Dreamer: The Imagery of Richard Wagner

Eternal Dreamer: The Imagery of Richard Wagner

by Jeffrey Buller

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Overview

As one of the rare opera composers who wrote their own libretti, Wagner controlled what an audience heard, not only in his music, but also in the sound of his text. As a complete man of the theater, Wagner controlled (at least whenever he could) the lighting, set design, and costumes that an audience saw on the stage. The result was that a number of images—including sleep, dreams, storms, the potion, the significant glance, and the journey—reappear throughout Wagner's mature works and are crucial to an appreciation of his artistry. This book, which began as a series of lectures the author gave on behalf of the Wagner Society of New York at the International Wagner Festival in New York, approaches Wagner's evolving thoughts on life and art through his use of several specific images. Each of the ten music dramas included in Wagner's "Bayreuth corpus" is discussed in detail, along with plenty of fresh insights for even the most seasoned admirer of the composer's work.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781668599952
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 11/28/2021
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey L. Buller is a senior partner in ATLAS: Academic Training, Leadership, and Assessment Services. Before starting that company with Robert E. Cipriano, he 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 Classically Romantic: Classical Form and Meaning in Wagner’s Ring, twenty-four books on academic leadership, a textbook for first year college students, and numerous 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 New York Wagner Society’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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