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Wagner’s Greeks: The Politics of Hellenism

Simon Goldhill

in Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity: Art, Opera, Fiction, and the Proclamation of Modernity

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149844
eISBN:
9781400840076
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149844.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter examines how Richard Wagner's engagement with classical antiquity relates to his politics and to the performances of his operas. By taking on Wagner's Greeks, it highlights some of the ... More


Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner’s Ring

Philip Kitcher and Richard Schacht

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183603
eISBN:
9780199850457
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183603.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera

Few musical works loom as large in Western culture as Richard Wagner’s four-part Ring of the Nibelung. This book offers an illuminating look at this greatest of Wagner’s achievements, focusing on its ... More


Introduction: The Business and Politics of Opera in Fin‐de‐Siècle Paris

Steven Huebner

in French Opera at the Fin de Siecle

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195189544
eISBN:
9780199868476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189544.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the business and politics of French opera in the late 20th century. It describes government subsidies received by the two main Parisian houses: ... More


The Politics of Assimilation

Nicholas Cook

in The Schenker Project: Culture, Race, and Music Theory in Fin-de-siècle Vienna

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195170566
eISBN:
9780199871216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170566.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

A Galician Jew who came to Vienna on a government scholarship, Schenker arrived just as a fully racial anti-semitism was developing; the binary pattern of thought discussed in Chapter 3 became most ... More


JEWISHNESS IN MUSIC: MIRRORS OF SELFNESS IN JEWISH MUSIC

Philip V. Bohlman

in Jewish Music and Modernity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195178326
eISBN:
9780199869992
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178326.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Identifying certain forms of music as Jewish and establishing the criteria for how Jewishness in music would be recognized preoccupied ideological and aesthetic concerns of many Jews entering ... More


Melodies for the Forgetful: Eliot, Wagner, and Duration (Elongated Form)

Nicholas Dames

in The Physiology of the Novel: Reading, Neural Science, and the Form of Victorian Fiction

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199208968
eISBN:
9780191695759
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208968.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter explores the problem of elongated artistic forms — forms whose length makes continuous, heightened attention impossible and acts of recollection difficult — by triangulating Richard ... More


Wagner’s Venusberg

Gundula Kreuzer

in Curtain, Gong, Steam: Wagnerian Technologies of Nineteenth-Century Opera

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780520279681
eISBN:
9780520966550
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520279681.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter explicates how the opening Venusberg scenes of Wagner’s Tannhäuser allegorically anticipate the composer’s ideal of the Gesamtkunstwerk,as well as its limitations. Both the Venusberg and ... More


Mimomania: Music and Gesture in Nineteenth-Century Opera

Mary Ann Smart

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520239951
eISBN:
9780520939875
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520239951.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

When Friedrich Nietzsche dubbed Richard Wagner “the most enthusiastic mimomaniac” ever to exist, he was objecting to a hollowness he felt in the music, a crowding out of any true dramatic impulse by ... More


A Case of Wagner

Elaine Kelly

in Composing the Canon in the German Democratic Republic: Narratives of Nineteenth-Century Music

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780199998098
eISBN:
9780199394371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199998098.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter examines the tensions that existed between discourse and practice in the GDR. Despite the incongruities that Wagner posed to the state’s foundation myths, he was harnessed in the early ... More


Dancing Music: Isadora Duncan and Wagnerism in the American Imagination

Mary Simonson

in Body Knowledge: Performance, Intermediality, and American Entertainment at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199898015
eISBN:
9780199369683
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199898015.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Dance, History, American

Isadora Duncan (1877–1927) is frequently described as a maverick whose unconventional, improvisatory movement aesthetic helped to establish and shape American modern dance. Yet Duncan’s dances and ... More


Steam

Gundula Kreuzer

in Curtain, Gong, Steam: Wagnerian Technologies of Nineteenth-Century Opera

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780520279681
eISBN:
9780520966550
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520279681.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Opera

Wagner’s abundant evocation of fogs and fires in Der Ring des Nibelungen was unprecedented. The water vapor used in 1876 at Bayreuth’s inaugural festival provided Wagner with his most “real” stage ... More


Unfinished Symphonies

John Deathridge

in Wagner Beyond Good and Evil

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520254534
eISBN:
9780520934610
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520254534.003.0015
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter discusses the later life of Richard Wagner. To this day, the apparent plenitude of his works and writings prevents commentators from asking what his life did not bring him, what he did ... More


Opera and Modern Culture: Wagner and Strauss

Lawrence Kramer

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520241732
eISBN:
9780520940840
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520241732.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Opera is legendary for going to extremes, a tendency that has earned it a reputation for unreality. This book shows the reverse to be true. The book argues that for the past two centuries the ... More


Parsifal: Ethics after

Karol Berger

in Beyond Reason: Wagner contra Nietzsche

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520292758
eISBN:
9780520966130
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520292758.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Opera

Parsifal (1877-81), Wagner’s testament, offers a vision of ethics that might be viable in the wake of Tristan, a vision derived from Schopenhauerian, Buddhist, and Christian inspirations that ... More


Bass Clarinet, Contra Bass, and Contra Alto Music

Albert R. Rice

in From the Clarinet D'Amour to the Contra Bass: A History of the Large Size Clarinets, 1740-1860

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195343281
eISBN:
9780199867813
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343281.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Chapter five is dedicated to bass clarinet music grouped in the categories: early reported works; notation practice; a chronological description of works from 1834 to 1860 listed by composer; band ... More


Epilogue: Wagner contra Nietzsche

Karol Berger

in Beyond Reason: Wagner contra Nietzsche

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520292758
eISBN:
9780520966130
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520292758.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Opera

The Epilogue returns to the philosophical issues raised in the Prologue, but narrows the focus to a single relationship, that of Richard Wagner with his most important critic, Friedrich Nietzsche. ... More


Weber, Der Freischütz Overture

David Manning

in Vaughan Williams on Music

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195182392
eISBN:
9780199851485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.003.0101
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Carl Maria von Weber's Der Freischütz overture is a typical product of the Teutonic romantic movement of the early nineteenth century. The story, with its wolf's glen, its flaxen-haired maidens, and ... More


Mimomania: Allegory and Embodiment in Wagner's Music Dramas

Mary Ann Smart

in Mimomania: Music and Gesture in Nineteenth-Century Opera

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520239951
eISBN:
9780520939875
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520239951.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

This book's homage and resistance to Richard Wagner began with his voice as a critic, harnessing his animosity toward grand opera in general, and his faint praise of Daniel Auber in particular, to ... More


Wagner

Frank M. Turner

Richard A. Lofthouse (ed.)

in European Intellectual History from Rousseau to Nietzsche

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780300207293
eISBN:
9780300212914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207293.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter discusses the life and the work of Richard Wagner. More than any major artist of the nineteenth century Wagner drew together the currents of social discontent, animosity toward bourgeois ... More


Strange Love, Or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Parsifal

John Deathridge

in Wagner Beyond Good and Evil

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520254534
eISBN:
9780520934610
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520254534.003.0013
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Richard Wagner's Parsifal has always fascinated critics who have seen it either as a “superior magic opera” that “revels in the wondrous” or as a “profoundly inhuman spectacle, glorifying a barren ... More


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