Beautiful but complicated,
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This review is from: Richard Wagner: The Sorcerer of Bayreuth (Hardcover)
I agree with D&D that this book is recommended, but with reservations - and that it is a bit complicated to read.
It is fantastically illustrated!! A really beautiful book!! But the structure is a bit strange. It is semi-cronological, but with many thematic chapters, which results in numerous repetitions and cross references. And especially the chapters about the operas are quite complex. They go into a lot of details about the music, describing individual sections of the music and the text, but omitting a general description about the story.
The chapter about King Ludvig of Bavaria and his assistance to Wagner is strangely short.
The book would probably have been a lot better if it had been fully cronological, and described the operas at the points in time when they were first performed.