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"Contains a concise . . . account of Wagner's life by John Deathridge and . . . a treatment of Wagner's music, aesthetics, and individual operas and music dramas by Carl Dahlhaus which is a tour de force." Joseph Kerman, New York Review of BooksThe New Grove Wagner was added to the Composer Biography Series to mark the centenary of Wagner's death. The biographical chapters of the book are written by John Deathridge, a scholar who has worked on the new Wagner edition and catalogue and whose recent research has met with enthusiastic praise. Dr. Deathridge has revised the work-list and bibliography in light of recent findings. For his discussion of Wagner's music and aestheticsmuch admired when published in The New Grovethe renowned scholar Carl Dahlhaus has added a further chapter offering invaluable insights into Wagnerian theories of music and drama.
About the Author
John Deathridge is a writer and academic, specializing in Wagner and Beethoven. After becoming a Reader in Music at the University of Cambridge, where he had been a Fellow of King’s College since 1983, he was appointed King Edward Professor Music King’s College London in 1996. He is a regular broadcaster and was the music advisor for BBC 2 Television’s three-part drama on Beethoven broadcast in 2005. in the same year he was elected President of the Royal Musical Association.