Wagner's Musical Prose : Texts and Contexts (New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism)

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Wagner's Musical Prose : Texts and Contexts (New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 397 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521417389
  • DDC分類 782.1092

基本説明

This book is a study of the prose writings of Richard Wagner and Their relevance to an understanding of his music and drama, as well as their relation to music criticism and aesthetics in the nineteenth century in general.

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This book is a study of the prose writings of Richard Wagner and their relevance to an understanding of his music and drama, as well as their relation to music criticism and aesthetics in the nineteenth century in general. As a by-product of Wagner's many-faceted career as musician, conductor, cultural critic and controversial ideologue, the writings are documents of undisputed interpretative value. This study focuses on Wagner's words on music, and interprets them in the light of the musical, aesthetic and critical contexts that generated them. Professor Grey considers Wagner's ambivalence concerning the idea of 'absolute music' and the capacity of music to project meaning or drama from within its own system of referents. Particularly relevant are Wagner's appropriation of a Beethoven legacy, the metaphors of musical 'gender' and 'biology' in Opera and Drama and the critical background to ideas of 'motive' and 'leitmotif' in theory and practice.

Table of Contents

1. Wagner and the problematics of 'absolute
music' in the nineteenth century
2. Beethoven reception and the hermeneutic
impulse: poetic ideas and new forms
3. Engendering music-drama: Opera and Drama and
its metaphors
4. The 'poetic-musical Period' and the
'evolution' of Wagnerian form
5. Endless melodies
6. Motive and motivations: Leitmotif and
'symphonic' drama
Appendices
Notes
Bibliography
Index.