by Michael Tanner

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‘A fine, intellectually sparkling and always engaging little book – a welcome addition to any Wagner library’Hans Vaget, Opera QuarterlyWhilst no one would dispute Wagner’s ranking among the most significant composers in the history of Western music, his works have been more fiercely attacked than those of any other composer. His supposed personal defects have provoked intense hostility which has translated into a mistrust and abhorrence of his music. Tanner’s fascination for the relationship between music, text and plot generates and illuminating discussion of the operas, in which he persuades us to see many of Wagner’s best-know works afresh. His passionate and unconventional analyses are accessible to all lovers of music, be they listeners or performers.Note that it has not been possible to include the same picture content that appeared in the original print version.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007393268
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/2011
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 260
File size: 321 KB

About the Author

Michael Tanner is Dean of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he lectures on philosophy. He is the author of Nietzsche and reviews regularly for Classic CD and the Times Literary Supplement.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements ix

1 The Case of Wagner 1

2 Prejudices and Banalities 14

3 Getting under Way 31

4 Domesticating Wagner 48

5 Grandeur and Suffering in Wagner:Some Case Studies 63

6 Lobengrin and its Prelude 83

7 Wagner Ponders 95

8 What is the Ring about? l09

9 Men and Gods 119

10 The Fearless Hero 131

11 The Passion of Passion 140

12 Art, Tradition and Authority 156

13 The Ring Resumed 168

14 Redemption to the Redeemer 184

15 Posdude: Wagner and Culture 201

Chronology 213

Select Bibliography 222

Index 227

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