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    A Companion to Wagner's "Parsifal" (Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture) (Paperback) Edited by William Kinderman, Edited by Katherine Rae Syer

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    DescriptionRichard Wagner's Parsifal remains an inexhaustible yet highly controversial work. This "stage consecration festival play," as the composer described it, represents the culmination of his efforts to bring medieval myth and modern music together in a dynamic relationship. Wagner's engagement with religion--Buddhist as well as Christian--reaches a climax here, as he seeks through artistic means "to rescue the essence of religion by perceiving its mythical symbols ...according to their figurative value, enabling us to see their profound, hidden truth through idealized representation." The contributors to this collection break fresh ground in exploring the text, the music, and the reception history of Parsifal. Wagner's borrowings-and departures-from the medieval sources of the Grail legend, Wolfram's Parzival and Chretien's Perceval, are considered in detail, and the tensional relation of the work to Christianity is probed. New perspectives emerge that bear on the long genesis of the text and music, its affinities to Wagner's earlier works, particularly Tristan und Isolde, and the precise way in which the music was composed. Essays address the work's bold, modernistic musical language and its unprecedented soundscape involving hidden choruses and other unseen sources of sound. The turbulent, astonishing, and sometimes disturbing history of Parsifal performances from 1882 until 2004 is traced in vivid detail for the first time, demonstrating the abiding fascination exerted by this uniquely challenging work of art. Contributors: Mary A. Cicora, James M. McGlathery, Ulrike Kienzle, Warren Darcy, Roger Allen. William Kinderman and Katherine Syer teach at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and often lead study seminars during the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany.


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    Title
    A Companion to Wagner's "Parsifal"
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by William Kinderman, Edited by Katherine Rae Syer
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 378
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 558 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781571134578
    ISBN 10: 1571134573
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC E4L: MUS
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Libri: I-MU
    Ingram Subject Code: MU
    BISAC V2.8: PER004000
    BIC subject category V2: AVGC9, AVGC5
    B&T General Subject: 540
    Abridged Dewey: 780
    LC classification: ML
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25930
    BISAC V2.8: MUS020000
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    DC22: 782.1092
    BISAC region code: 1.3.2.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: AVLA, AVLF
    Thema style qualifier V1.0: 6RA
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Boydell & Brewer Ltd
    Imprint name
    CAMDEN HOUSE INC
    Publication date
    01 June 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Columbia, MD
    Author Information
    Professor in the School of Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ph.D. 1999, University of Victoria, Canada.
    Review quote
    This collection of essays makes a major contribution to Parsifal interpretation... A must read for all Parsifalians. OPERA TODAY This marvelous Companion to Parsifal offers something of value to anyone interested in finding out more about Wagner's last work... GERMAN QUARTERLY Kinderman and Syer have effectively succeeded in emulating a Wagnerian quality: to stimulate our appetite for more. GERMAN STUDIES REVIEW