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Aspects Of Wagner

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The story that more books have been written about Wagner than about anyone other than Jesus or Napoleon is undoubtedly apocryphal, nevertheless there are an awful lot to choose from! This is one of the shortest, and also, I believe, one of the best. Bryan Magee tackles head on some of the most striking and perplexing issues surrounding Wagner and his works. He traces the quite phenomenal influence that Wagner has had on music and also in the arts more widely. He describes, and attempts to account for, the extreme love ("Wagnerolatry") and loathing ("Wagnerphobia") that Wagner and his works have inspired and continue to inspire. He also sheds some light on the important and disturbing question of Wagner's anti-Semitism. One chapter is devoted to the controversial question of how to stage Wagner's operas today. Perhaps most interestingly of all he offers an explanation for the uncanny potency of Wagner's music: how it induces in some feelings of ecstasy, sometimes likened to being in love, and in others feelings of disgust, whilst it has (allegedly) driven some people to madness. If you want to know more about Wagner's music and its influence, read this book.
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This little book is just about as important now as it was at the time of publishing. It sets the scene for not just Wagner, but the current state of the performing arts, although particularly opera. It whets the appetite for anyone who has just discovered opera, or who already has a thirst for the richness of the musical arts. It provides simple insights into the way the combination of disparate art forms such as drama, music and staging can result in an art that is far greater than the sum of its parts, and its approachable style (and size) make it ideal even for a beginner. In a few areas it is amusingly out of date, praising the LP Vinyl Record for its role in surpassing the limitations of its 78 rpm forebears, when it is now possible to contain the whole `Ring' cycle, in MP3 format, on a single, relatively minuscule CD, but the message presented thereby holds even more securely. A lovely little book; a minor treasure.
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Aspects of Wagner,2nd edition(1988).After 2 decades still the best short introduction to Wagner.Five pointed essays on perhaps the 5 most controversial aspects of the composer-aesthetics,his anti-Semitism,his cult,his influence,and the special difficulties involved in performing his music.The writing is so clear and clean that Wagner's tortured arguments become intelligible almost for the 1st time.Updated in 1988 with an interesting chapter on the special importance of music among the other constituents of the Gesamtkunstwerk.

He states how for Wagner music drama would be the reverse of traditional opera (where the drama is a framework to hang the music),it would present archetypal situations as experienced by the participants,music a means to this dramatic end.This art form would `emotionalize the intellect'.From Beethoven he learned to articulate the inmost drama of the psyche(especially the Choral Symphony).Although there was some naivety in theories citing the ancient Greeks,he thought Shakespeare created total worlds using poetic drama,beyond the Greeks.He criticizes the passivity and solipsism of Wagner,centring his operas on the psyche,not on the external world. Wotan is at the mercy of forces he is powerless to control.The charcters do not relate to each other,the different `characters' being aspects of a single personality.

His chapter about Jews,citing Marx,Freud and Einstein,amongst the greatest of the world's creative geniuses, produced theories about man and his environment so deep and original as to equal any that came before.They started a Jewish renaissance in music,science and philosophy parallel to 5th century Athens BC.This creativity didn't come until the 19th century due to Jews who have escaped their religious traditions,repudiating Judaism.
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Found most interesting the view points about the composer, the analisis of his music, his purpose when writting his operas... quitean educational analisis of his work
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I have not yet read this but I gave it to my husband who says it is both a readable and helpful and well informed book about Wagner's thinking and background.
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Superb analysis of Wagner's roles in music, philosophy and anti-Semitism.
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A fine short introduction to the issues surrounding Wagner. I used to study Bryan Magee's views as University - especially Karl Popper, and now how good he is at putting complex issues, quite simply.
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