Aspects of Wagner

Aspects of Wagner

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The man whom W.H. Auden called 'perhaps the greatest genius that ever lived' has inspired extremes of adulation and loathing. In this penetrating analysis, Bryan Magee outlines the range and depth of Wagner's achievement, and shows how his sensational and erotic music expresses the repressed and highly charged contents of the psyche. He also examines Wagner's detailed stage directions, and the prose works in which he formulated his ideas, and sheds interesting new light on his anti-semitism. This new edition has been extensively revised. It includes a fresh chapter, 'Wagner as Music'.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 127 x 190.5 x 15.24mm | 90.72g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • index
  • 0192840126
  • 9780192840127
  • 95,259

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In this penetrating analysis of Wagner's work Bryan Magee examines both Wagner's music and detailed stage directions, together with the prose works in which he formulated his ideas.
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Table of contents

Wagner's theory of opera; Jews - not least in music; Wagnerolatry; the influence of Wagner; Wagner in performance; Wagner as music. Index.
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Review quote

`Original and stimulating...the most lucid attempt I have yet read to explain the reasons for the continuing Wagner's music over friend and foe alike.' Music and Musicians
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About Bryan Magee

Writer, critic, broadcaster, author of Men of Ideas (OPB) and The Great Philosophers, Bryan Magee is Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the History of Ideas at King's College, London.
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