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The Cambridge Companion to Wagner

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Thomas S. Grey, John Deathridge, Mitchell Cohen, Stewart Spencer, Barry Millington, John Daverio, Stephen McClatchie, Glenn Stanley, James Treadwell, Dieter Borchmeyer, Annegret Fauser, Pamela Potter, Mike Ashman, Arnold Whittall
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  • Date Published: September 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521644396

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  • Richard Wagner is remembered as one of the most influential figures in music and theatre, but his place in history has been marked by a considerable amount of controversy. His attitudes towards the Jews and the appropriation of his operas by the Nazis, for example, have helped to construct a historical persona that sits uncomfortably with modern sensibilities. Yet Wagner's absolutely central position in the operatic canon continues. This volume serves as a timely reminder of his ongoing musical, cultural, and political impact. Contributions by specialists from such varied fields as musical history, German literature and cultural studies, opera production, and political science consider a range of topics, from trends and problems in the history of stage production to the representations of gender and sexuality. With the inclusion of invaluable and reliably up-to-date biographical data, this collection will be of great interest to scholars, students, and enthusiasts.

    • Chapters are clearly organised into sections on biography, individual works, reception and interpretation, allowing the reader to easily locate areas of specific interest
    • Covers most recent political and cultural interpretations of Wagner's reception over the last century
    • Includes introductory chronicle of life, works and contemporary events, allowing quick reference to biographical data
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    "This volume provides a balanced introduction to the composer's life, times, works, and reception. A useful chronology … The repolitiizing of the 'Wagner question' is unquestionably one of this book's strengths and certain to make it compelling to a wide variety of readers."

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521644396
    • length: 388 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 173 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.78kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus. 1 table 70 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Biographical and Historical Contexts:
    1. Wagner lives: issues in autobiography John Deathridge
    2. Meister Richard's apprenticeship: the early operas (1833–40) Thomas S. Grey
    3. To the Dresden barricades: the genesis of Wagner's political ideas Mitchell Cohen
    Part II. Opera, Music, Drama:
    4. The 'Romantic operas' and the turn to myth Stewart Spencer
    5. Der Ring des Nibelungen: conception and interpretation Barry Millington
    6. Leitmotif, temporality, and musical design in the Ring Thomas S. Grey
    7. Tristan und Isolde: essence and appearance John Daverio
    8. Performing Germany in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Stephen McClatchie
    9. Parsifal: redemption and Kunstreligion Glenn Stanley
    Part III. Ideas and Ideology in the Gesamtkunstwerk:
    10. The urge to communicate: the prose writings as theory and practice James Treadwell
    11. Critique as passion and polemic: Nietzsche and Wagner Dieter Borchmeyer
    12. The Jewish question Thomas S. Grey
    Part IV. After Wagner: Influence and Interpretation:
    13. 'Wagnerism': responses to Wagner in music and the arts Annegret Fauser
    14. Wagner and the Third Reich: myths and realities Pamela M. Potter
    15. Wagner on stage: aesthetic, dramaturgical, and social considerations Mike Ashman
    16. Criticism and analysis: current perspectives Arnold Whittall.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Readings, 1820-present
  • Editor

    Thomas S. Grey, Stanford University, California
    Thomas S. Grey is Associate Professor in Music at Stanford University.


    Thomas S. Grey, John Deathridge, Mitchell Cohen, Stewart Spencer, Barry Millington, John Daverio, Stephen McClatchie, Glenn Stanley, James Treadwell, Dieter Borchmeyer, Annegret Fauser, Pamela Potter, Mike Ashman, Arnold Whittall

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