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Wagner - Barry Millington

Paperback Published: 19th November 1992
ISBN: 9780691027227
Number Of Pages: 368

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Wagner is one of the most controversial of composers, and much that has been written about him--including his autobiography--is misleading. Barry Millington draws on the best previous scholarship and his own original research to set the record straight. The first part of this book is devoted to biography; the second, to a detailed study of the operas. Millington offers a historical review of the critical interpretation of each opera, including a discussion of recent methods of formal analysis. In this revised edition, two chapters, those on Tannhauser and Die Meistersinger, include significant new material. The bibliography has also been updated.

"Millington has assimilated the discoveries of leading Wagner scholars of our day and presented them so lucidly that they will be understood and enjoyed by music lovers at large."--Opera "An account of the composer's life and career which is as close to the truth as we are currently able to get."--Classical Music "Absolutely masterly... to summarize Wagner's life, influence, works, and the whole political, philosophical, and social argument around them, from the standpoint of 1985, and to do it with such lucid, engaging style... It's a very good book."--BBC Music Weekly

List of illustrations
Childhood and adolescence (1813-32)p. 1
Chorus master and musical director (1833-9)p. 11
Failure in Paris, success in Dresden (1839-47)p. 20
The bourgeois revolutionary (1848-9)p. 33
Exile (1849-55)p. 41
Blighted hopes (1856-63)p. 61
Royal patronage and fulfilment of a dream (1864-76)p. 74
A new creed (1877-83)p. 100
'Bayreuth Idealism': the catastrophep. 114
The musicp. 124
Die Feen and Das Liebesverbotp. 140
Rienzip. 148
Der fliegende Hollanderp. 157
Tannhauserp. 168
Lohengrinp. 180
Der Ring des Nibelungenp. 191
Sourcesp. 191
Construction of the librettop. 194
Composition sketchesp. 196
Musico-poetic synthesisp. 202
Leitmotifp. 208
Tonality and structurep. 218
Orchestrationp. 220
Interpretationsp. 222
Tristan und Isoldep. 228
Sourcesp. 230
Compositionp. 232
Musico-poetic synthesisp. 233
Leitmotifp. 235
Tonal relationsp. 237
Die Meistersinger von Nurnbergp. 244
Sourcesp. 246
Compositionp. 247
Musico-poetic synthesisp. 247
Formal structurep. 249
Tonal relationsp. 251
Historical and political backgroundp. 252
Parsifalp. 256
Sourcesp. 256
Composition and first performancesp. 258
Musico-poetic synthesisp. 259
Tonal relationsp. 260
Orchestrationp. 264
Interpretationsp. 265
Other instrumental and vocal worksp. 272
Orchestralp. 272
Pianop. 281
Songsp. 284
Choralp. 286
App. A: Calendarp. 288
App. B: List of worksp. 300
App. C: Personaliap. 307
App. D: Select bibliographyp. 314
App. E: The stages of Wagner's compositionp. 326
Indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9780691027227
ISBN-10: 0691027226
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 19th November 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.95 x 13.56  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Type: Revised