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Wagner's Musical Prose : Texts and Contexts - Thomas S. Grey

Wagner's Musical Prose

Texts and Contexts

Hardcover Published: 27th October 1995
ISBN: 9780521417389
Number Of Pages: 418

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This book is a study of the prose writings of Richard Wagner and their relevance to an understanding of his music and drama, as well as their relation to music criticism and aesthetics in the nineteenth century in general. As a by-product of Wagner's many-faceted career as musician, conductor, cultural critic, and controversial ideologue, the writings are documents of undisputed interpretative value. This study focuses on Wagner's words on music, and interprets them in the light of the musical, aesthetic, and critical contexts that generated them. Professor Grey considers Wagner's ambivalence concerning the idea of 'absolute music' and the capacity of music to project meaning or drama from within its own system of referents. Particularly relevant are Wagner's appropriation of a Beethoven legacy, the metaphors of musical 'gender' and 'biology' in Opera and Drama, and the critical background to ideas of 'motive' and 'leitmotif' in theory and practice.

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"...we are very fortunate to have this new study, which deals with Wagner's writings in an intelligent, authoritative, and probing manner. Thomas S. Grey seems to have read not only everything Wagner wrote but everything written about him from his own day to the present and about the principle aesthetic issues relevant to the Wagner 'case.'...the scope and command of Grey's book is...magisterial." The Opera Quarterly "This is a serious study that no Wagnerian scholar should ignore." Warren Darcy, Notes

Wagner and the problematics of -absolute music- in the nineteenth century
Beethoven reception and the hermeneutic impulse: 'poetic ideas' and new forms
Engendering music drama: Opera and Drama and its metaphors
The -poetic-musical period- and the -evolution- of Wagnerian form
Endless melodies
Motive and motivations: leitmotif and -symphonic- drama
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ISBN: 9780521417389
ISBN-10: 0521417384
Series: Npmh
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 418
Published: 27th October 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.9  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.77

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