The Wagners

The Wagners : The Dramas of a Musical Dynasty

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Nike Wagner, the great-granddaughter of the composer, exposes the dramas behind the ever-controversial Wagner family and the Bayreuth Festival. She discusses Richard Wagner's life, his character and the music-dramas he wrote; the development of the Bayreuth Festival; her father and the new style of Wagner production which he inaugurated after the Second World War; the endless battles within the Wagner family; their relationship to political movements - above all to the Third Reich; and the struggles for the succession of the principality of the Festival. Nike Wagner is particularly clear-eyed on the relationship between her family and many aspects of German cultural-political life. The book chronicles in detail the often horrifying internecine warfare within the family, and its relationship to the extreme right-wing ideologies which have dominated much of its history.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 24mm | 439.99g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • German
  • 16 B/W Photo\Illu(s)
  • 0753812800
  • 9780753812808

About Nike Wagner

Nike Wagner studied music, theatre history and literature at the School of Music in Cincinnati, USA. She is an active cultural commentator and participant in programmes, symposiums and in the media in France, Germany, Austria and England. Since 1975, she has published countless reviews and essays on European cultural history and on contemporary German history, with special emphasis on the history of new Bayreuth.show more

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