Wagner Beyond Good and Evil Hardcover – 27 Jun 2008
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"Engaging."--"Australian Book Rev"
"A solid and stimulating read."--"Opera"
"An engaging portrait"--"Music Educators Journal"
"A solid and stimulating read."--George Hall"Opera" (01/01/2009)
"Wide-ranging and eclectic, this volume presents the latest Wagner scholarship and criticism."--S. Edwards"Choice" (02/01/2009)
A solid and stimulating read. --George Hall"Opera" (01/01/2009)"
Wide-ranging and eclectic, this volume presents the latest Wagner scholarship and criticism. --S. Edwards"Choice" (02/01/2009)"
From the Inside Flap
"This collection provides us with that rarest of objects: a genuinely new book on Wagner. Virtually every page offers fresh perspectives, some of them mined from the most unlikely of sources; indeed, the sheer eclecticism of the book, its willingness to range widely and irreverently through both popular and elite culture, is one of its greatest strengths."Roger Parker, author of "Remaking the Song: Operatic Visions and Revisions from Handel to Berio"
"John Deathridge is one of the most authoritative, widely-regarded Wagner scholars around in any language. Few can match his command of scholarship and primary sources, and no one else knows how to put them to such clever, provocative uses. In addition, Deathridge enjoys an impressive range of critical, historical, and literary reference. The writing is consistently lively and engaging. The collection will provide a welcome change of diet for those tired of the usual Wagnerian fare. This is a welcome contribution, indeed."Thomas Grey, author of "Wagner's Musical Prose: Texts and Contexts""
Top Customer Reviews
The book's six sections, each subdivided into smaller chapters, are broadly chronological:
"A few beginnings" addresses the problem of Wagner's biography with striking clarity, as well as more than a modicum of wit. Deathridge is one of the few English-speaking scholars who has studied the manuscripts of his primary materials in significant detail, and he is able to guide readers through the revisions to Wagner's three autobiographies, the strange ventriloquism of Cosima's diary, and Wagner's self-interested editing of his own essays, with welcome ease. The subtle assessment of why "Wagner's biography has been researched to within an inch of his life" is always informative and will doubtless form a reference point for a long time to come. A chapter on "Lohengrin," the critical edition of which Deathridge recently produced, offers a fresh look at this often neglected opera whose "critical star has dimmed." Deathridge argues that, far from a nostalgic backwards glance to Romanticism (the swan, Chivalric imagery and the Nazarene movement etc.), Wagner saw Lohengrin as "a thoroughly modern work pointing to a utopian future precisely because it returns to the most fundamental origins of human feelings." .
"Der Ring des Nibelungen," the book's second section, offers a substantive chapter on each of the operas in Wagner's tetralogy.Read more ›
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