Bayreuth : History of the Wagner Festival

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The operatic festival Richard Wagner founded at Bayreuth in 1876 is the oldest, most famous and most influential in the world. Its productions and musical standards have been a model for opera houses everywhere, and Bayreuth has become a place of pilgrimage for music lovers, and the ultimate objective for singers and conductors. The story of the festival is however not just about an opera house but about a family, a society and an art form. The creation of a fervent German chauvinist, Bayreuth came to epitomize the tortured development of the German nation after unification in 1871. The festival became a citadel of racism and reaction, and the cultural showpiece of the Third Reich and Hitler's artistic centre. Here for the first time is a full-scale, serious, narrative account of the festival, based on wide-ranging research and interviews, which explains the political, managerial, social and artistic context of the Festival. It provides candid, sharply-etched portraits of the members of the Wagner family, their friends, enemies and critics, and of the controversy that has characterised it for over a century.
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  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 178.1 x 254 x 28.7mm | 1,124.92g
  • United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 108 illustrations, bibliography, index
  • 0300057776
  • 9780300057775

Table of contents

1 "Strong and Fair, See It Stand"; 2 "The Eternal Work is Done"; 3 "Here I Sit, On Alert, Guarding the Home"; 4 "Oh Siegfried! I Was Always Yours"; 5 "Thus Evil Enters This House"; 6 "All That Lives and Soon Must Die"; 7 "Marvel Upon Marvel Now Appears"; 8 "It's Mine and I'm Keeping it"; 9 " Do You Know What You Saw?".
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