Wagner: His Life and Music

Wagner: His Life and Music

by Stephen Johnson



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Wagner: His Life and Music by Stephen Johnson

Sourcebooks MediaFusion and Naxos proudly present this fascinating biography of composer Richard Wagner. Acclaimed music writer Stephen Johnson follows Wagner's development as man and composer, and sets out the experiences-the personal joys and sorrows as well as the broader cultural forces-that formed him and made him one of the most widely loved composers in classical music.

Wagner was an innovator both in harmony and in the structure of his operas, frequently applying themes or melodies to a particular character or event. He created his own version of the "Gesamtkunstwerk," compositions in which the arts were brought together into a single unity.

Included are two CDs of carefully chosen Wagner pieces.

Readers also gain access to an exclusive website that offers new essays, the musical works in full and more. This revolutionary biography utilizes traditional and new media to provide a uniquely rounded portrait of the composer and his music.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843797517
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Pages: 7
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 5.00(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Stephen Johnson writes regularly for The Independent and The Guardian and was chief music critic of The Scotsman. He is a regular presenter for Radio 3's Discovering Music. In 2003, Johnson was voted Amazon.com Classical Music Writer of the Year. He lives in Great Britain.

Table of Contents

Website     iv
On CD One     v
On CD Two     vi
Preface     vii
The Life     1
A Child of His Time     3
The Road to Paris     21
Triumph and Disaster     45
Exile     65
'A Light Must Show Itself'     87
'A Safe Stronghold'     108
The Music     131
Prelude     132
The Operas     135
Der fliegende Hollander     136
Tannhauser     144
Lohengrin     152
From Opera to Music Drama     158
Der Ring des Nibelungen     161
Tristan und Isolde     184
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg     193
Parsifal     203
Personalities     212
Selected Bibliography     221
Glossary     222
Annotations of CD Tracks     226
Index     232
Author's Acknowledgments     244

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