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Wagner : A Biography - Curt Von Westernhagen


A Biography

Paperback Published: 27th July 1981
ISBN: 9780521282543
Number Of Pages: 714

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Originally published in 1981, this is a one-volume paperback edition of Dr von Westernhagen's distinguished biography, first published in English by Cambridge University Press as a hardcover edition in two volumes. Its distinction was that it made use of fresh archive material, and took as its starting point the supreme greatness of Wagner's artistry. Dr von Westerhagen quotes extensively from letters and diaries to throw light, for example, on Wagner's estrangement from Nietzsche. The author also consulted the contents of the composer's Dresden library and teenage composition exercises written for his teacher, Theodor Weinlig, to establish early influences upon him. Particularly useful features of this study are the appendices which include a chronological summary of Wagner's life, a complete list of his musical and literary compositions and a large bibliography. This is a definitive biography which stands beside Newman's classic work as an indispensable reference book for all studies of Wagner.

List of illustrations
Postscript to the preface
Summary bibliography
The Early Years (1813-1840)
The Wagner family
Wagner's mother
Studiosus musicae
The first three operas
The First Creative Period (1841-1848)
Der Fliegende Hollñnder
Hofkapellmeister in Dresden
Germanic myth and Greek Tragedy
Money troubles
The Revolutionary (1848-1852)
Revolutionary ideas
Wieland der Schmied
From heroic opera to mythic drama
Der Ring des Niebelungen (I) (1853-1857)
The vision of La Spezia
The myth becomes music
The London inferno
The Ring crisis
Tristan and Die Meistersinger (1857-1868)
In Asyl
Venice and Lucerne
Tannhñuser in Paris
Notes to volume 1
Die Meistersinger
Der Ring des Niebelungen (II) (1868-1877)
From Tribschen to Bayreuth
The first festival
Nietzche in Bayreuth
The nation's thanks
Parsifal (1877-1883)
'My Farewell to the World'
La lugubre gondola
Chronological summary of Wagner's life and work
List of works
Correspondence of Richard and Cosina Wagner
Notes to volume 2
Index to volumes 1 and 2
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521282543
ISBN-10: 0521282543
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 714
Published: 27th July 1981
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.99
Weight (kg): 1.03