Richard Wagner : a life in music

Published 2013
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xvii, 444 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Translation of: Geck, Martin. Wagner. München : Siedler, 2012.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 405-423) and indexes.
Introduction : Figuring out Wagner?
The archetypal theatrical scene : from Leubald to Die Feen
A word about Felix Mendelssohn
The blandishments of grand opera : das Liebesverbot and Rienzi
A word about Giacomo Meyerbeer
"Deep shock" and "a violent change of direction" : der Fliegende Holländer
A word about Heinrich Heine
Rituals to combat fear and loneliness: Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg
A word about Josef Rubinstein
A bedtime story with dire consequences : Lohengrin
A word about Arnold Schoenberg
The revolutionary drafts : Achilles, Jesus of Nazareth, Siegfried's death and Wieland the Smith
A word about Paul Bekker
"We have art so as not to be destroyed by the truth" : the Ring as a nineteenth-century myth
A word about Angelo Neumann
"My music making is in fact magic making, for I just cannot produce music coolly and mechanically" : the art of the Ring ; seen from the beginning
A word about George Steiner
"He resembles us to a tee; he is the sum total of present-day intelligence" : the art of the Ring ; Wotan's music
A word about Sergei Eisenstein
"A mystical pit, giving pleasure to individuals" : Tristan und Isolde
A word about Ernst Bloch
"A magnificent, overcharged, heavy, late art" : die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
A word about Berthold Auerbach
"They're hurrying on toward their end, though they think they will last for ever" : the art of the Ring ; seen from the end
A word about Theodor W. Adorno
"You will see 'diminished sevenths were just not possible!' : Parsifal
A word about Gustav Mahler
Wagner as the sleuth of modernism.
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