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The Cambridge Companion to Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen

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Mark Berry, Nicholas Vazsonyi, Jason Geary, Stefan Arvidsson, Arnold Whittall, J. P. Harper-Scott, Christian Thorau, Roger Allen, Anthony Arblaster, Thomas Grey, Chris Walton, Barbara Eichner, David Trippett, Tash Siddiqui, Adrian Daub, Barry Millington
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  • Date Published: September 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107519473

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  • The Companion is an essential, interdisciplinary tool for those both familiar and unfamiliar with Wagner's Ring. It opens with a concise introduction to both the composer and the Ring, introducing Wagner as a cultural figure, and giving a comprehensive overview of the work. Subsequent chapters, written by leading Wagner experts, focus on musical topics such as 'leitmotif', and structure, and provide a comprehensive set of character portraits, including leading players like Wotan, Brünnhilde, and Siegfried. Further chapters look to the mythological background of the work and the idea of the Bayreuth Festival, as well as critical reception of the Ring, its relationship to Nazism, and its impact on literature and popular culture, in turn offering new approaches to interpretation including gender, race and environmentalism. The volume ends with a history of notable stage productions from the world premiere in 1876 to the most recent stagings in Bayreuth and elsewhere.

    • Opening with a concise introduction to Wagner as a cultural figure, this Companion provides a thorough overview of the Ring before analysing key aspects of the work
    • Includes a history of notable stage productions from the world premiere in 1876 to the most recent stagings in Bayreuth and elsewhere
    • Offers new approaches to interpretation, exploring themes such as gender, anti-Semitism, and environmentalism
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    'This Companion fully captures the richness and all too human complexity of this astonishing work, offering up multiple paths for us each to find our way to its heart.' Hugo Shirley, Opera

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    • Date Published: September 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107519473
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 170 x 245 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 30 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of music examples
    List of contributors
    Preface
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction Mark Berry and Nicholas Vazsonyi
    Part I. Myth:
    1. Greek tragedy and myth Jason Geary
    2. Wagner and the rise of modern mythology Stefan Arvidsson
    Part II. Aesthetics:
    3. The Ring in theory and practice Arnold Whittall
    4. Form and structure J. P. E. Harper-Scott
    5. Listening for leitmotifs: concept, theory, practice Christian Thorau
    6. The Bayreuth concept and the significance of performance Roger Allen
    Part III. Interpretations:
    7. Characters in the 'world' of the Ring Mark Berry
    8. The Ring as a political and philosophical drama Anthony Arblaster
    9. The idea of nature Thomas Grey
    10. Gender and sexuality Chris Walton
    Part IV. Impact:
    11. Critical responses Barbara Eichner
    12. Placing the Ring in literary history David Trippett
    13. Specters of Nazism Tash Siddiqui
    14. The Ring in cinematic and popular culture Adrian Daub
    15. Notable productions Barry Millington
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Editors

    Mark Berry, Royal Holloway, University of London
    Mark Berry is Reader in Music History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Treacherous Bonds and Laughing Fire: Politics and Religion in Wagner's 'Ring' (2006), After Wagner: Histories of Modernist Music Drama from 'Parsifal' to Nono (2014), and Arnold Schoenberg (2019). He is a recipient of the Prince Consort Prize and Seeley Medal for his work on Wagner.

    Nicholas Vazsonyi, Clemson University, South Carolina
    Nicholas Vazsonyi is Dean of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities at Clemson University, Jesse Chapman Alcorn Memorial Professor of German and Comparative Literature, and Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of Lukács Reads Goethe (1997) and Richard Wagner: Self-Promotion and the Making of a Brand (Cambridge, 2010) as well as editor of Wagner's Meistersinger (2003) and The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia (2013).

    Contributors

    Mark Berry, Nicholas Vazsonyi, Jason Geary, Stefan Arvidsson, Arnold Whittall, J. P. Harper-Scott, Christian Thorau, Roger Allen, Anthony Arblaster, Thomas Grey, Chris Walton, Barbara Eichner, David Trippett, Tash Siddiqui, Adrian Daub, Barry Millington

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