"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."
Wagner was one of the most influential and controversial figures in the history of music. This volume explores new and continuing debates regarding the musical, cultural, and political impact of his dramas and published writings. It provides up-to-date biographical data and interpretive views valuable to academics, students, and opera enthusiasts.