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Wagner as I Knew Him

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  • Date Published: November 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108078221

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  • The German composer, performer and critic Ferdinand Praeger (1815–91) moved to London in 1834, and served as the London correspondent of the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik from 1842. A lifelong devotee of Wagner, he helped engage the composer to conduct eight concerts at the Philharmonic Society in 1855. His enthusiasm for Wagner led to the publication of this work in English in 1892, although it was soon claimed that he had greatly overplayed his role in the composer's career. There were accusations of invented stories, distorted facts and altered letters, subsequently supported by evidence obtained by biographers such as William Ashton Ellis, and also by Houston Stewart Chamberlain's comparison of original letters with those featured in this biography. Such negative publicity caused the publishers of the German edition to withdraw the book. Nonetheless, it contains personal impressions which remain of interest, and is now considered less exaggerated than previously thought.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108078221
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. 'The child is father to the man'
    2. His visit to an uncle
    3. Wagner enters the Kreuzschule, Dresden
    4. Leipzic
    5. Revolution and romanticism
    6. Life and troubles at Magdeburg
    7. First impressions
    8. Boulogne, 1839
    9. Paris, 1839–42
    10. Paris, 1839–42 (cont.)
    11. Dresden, 1842–3
    12. Hostility of the Dresden press
    13. 'Tannhäuser'
    14. The Saxon revolution
    15. The new chamber of deputies
    16. Wagner seeks asylum in Paris
    17. 'Judaism in music'
    18. Wagner invited to London
    19. The 9th Symphony rehearsed
    20. Letters of Wagner
    21. Zurich 1856
    22. Wagner's health shattered
    23. Letters from Wagner
    24. Munich.

  • Author

    Ferdinand Praeger

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