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Wagner's Meistersinger : Performance, History, Representation - Nicholas Vazsonyi

Wagner's Meistersinger

Performance, History, Representation

By: Nicholas Vazsonyi (Editor)


Published: 1st August 2004
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Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg has been one of the most performed operas ever since its premier in 1868. It was adopted as Germany's national operas ('Nationaloper'), not least because of its historical coincidence with the unification of Germany under Bismarck in 1871. The opera epitomizes themes of Germanness, including what many regard as blatant anti-Semitic imagery, and thus ideally suited the agenda of the Third Reich, or so it seemed. Despite or perhaps because of the ease with which the Nazis appropriated the work, it was selected as the first opera to be performed when the Bayreuth festival re-opened after the War.The first section of this volume, 'Performing Meistersinger, contains three commissioned articles from internationally respected artists - a conductor (Peter Schneider), a stage director (Harry Kupfer) and a singer (Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau), all experienced in the performance of this unusually demanding 5-hour work. The second section, 'Meistersinger and History', examines both the representation of German history in the opera and the way the opera has functioned in history through political appropriation and staging practice. The third section, 'Representations', is the most eclectic, exploring in the first place the problematic question of genre from the perspective of a theatrical historian. The chronic issue of Wagner's chief opponent, Eduard Hanslick, and his musical and dramatic representation in the opera as Bessmesser, is then addressed, as are gender issues, and Wagner's own utterances concerning the opera.Contributors: NICHOLAS VAZSONYI, PETER SCHNEIDER, HARRY KUPFER, DIETRICH FISCHER-DIESKAU, HANS RUDOLF VAGET, LUTZ KOEPNICK, DAVID B. DENNIS, DAVID J. LEVIN, KLAUS VAN DEN BERG, THOMAS S. GREY, EVA RIEGER, PETER HOYNG Nicholas Vazsonyi is Associate Professor of German, University of South Carolina.

Intellectually speaking, this is a delicious tome . . . an indispensable book. Vazsonyi, Rochester University Press, and the individual essayists are to be roundly congratulated on an outstanding contribution to Wagnerian scholarship. WAGNER NOTES, Wagner Society of NY This superb volume of essays . . . (is) the best ever published on 'Die Meistersinger' . . . a book that demands to be read by anyone interested in the politics of opera. BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE (Barry Millington) A wonderfully wide-reaching introduction to the extensive field of "Meistersinger" scholarship. CHOICE Nicholas Vazsonyi has organized a collection of new writings whose eleven authors keep the reader up to date with this abundant literature. More than that, the diverse contributors he has chosen complement one another . . . what results is a book that fulfills its underlying interdisciplinary aim. For readers seriously interested in Wagner it will be both instructive and absorbing. THE OPERA Nicholas Vazsonyi has assembled a collection of essays that deal with aspects of the opera not necessarily addressed elsewhere, affirming the continuing relevance of the work. This book offers a collection of interdisciplinary studies that should supplement some of the more traditional literature on this seminal work by Wagner. MONATSHEFTE, 2006

List of Illustrations
Introduction. Die Meistersinger: Performance, History, Representationp. 1
Performing (in) Die Meistersingerp. 21
"Climbing Mount Everest": On Conducting Die Meistersingerp. 23
"We Must Finally Stop Apologizing for Die Meistersinger!": A Conversation with Harry Kupferp. 39
Richard Wagner's Cobbler Poetp. 51
The Dangers of Satisfaction: On Songs, Rehearsals, and Repetition in Die Meistersingerp. 56
History in/of Die Meistersingerp. 71
Stereoscopic Vision: Sight and Community in Die Meistersingerp. 73
"The Most German of All German Operas": Die Meistersinger through the Lens of the Third Reichp. 98
http://worldwidewagner.richard.de: An Interview with the Composer concerning History, Nation, and Die Meistersingerp. 120
Representation and/in Die Meistersingerp. 143
Die Meistersinger as Comedy: The Performative and Social Signification of Genrep. 145
Masters and Their Critics: Wagner, Hanslick, Beckmesser, and Die Meistersingerp. 165
"Du warst mein Feind von je": The Beckmesser Controversy Revisitedp. 190
"I Married Eva": Gender Construction and Die Meistersingerp. 209
Works Citedp. 226
Contributorsp. 239
Indexp. 242
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ISBN: 9781580461689
ISBN-10: 1580461689
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.6  x 1.58
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Type: New edition