A Study of Wagner
This is the first of several in-depth studies of Wagner and his music by the renowned music critic Ernest Newman (1868-1959), leading up to the great four-volume biography The Life of Richard Wagner, published 1933-47. This 1899 work presents a thoroughly researched critical analysis of the composer's aesthetics, philosophy, social and political ideas, and their expression through his musical development and theoretical writings. As Newman states in his introduction, his exploration of Wagner's personality through his works aims to answer the question, 'In virtue of what constitution of brain was he so great a musician?' The book considers all the major music dramas; looks at Wagner's theory of music, poetry and music drama; includes a biographical timeline giving the dates of his compositions, publications and other musical events of the period; and ends by discussing the essence of the composer's character and his contribution to music.
- Online resource
- 10 Jan 2013
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Preface; 1. A psychological preliminary; 2. Rienzi and the Flying Dutchman; 3. Tannhauser and Lohengrin; 4. Art and life; 5. Wagner's theory of music, poetry, and music-drama; 6. The Ring of the Nibelung; 7. Wagner as German; 8. Tristan and Isolde and Die Meistersinger; 9. Some later prose works; 10. Parsifal; 11. General considerations; Index.