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Wagner’s Treatment of the Story

ROGER SCRUTON

in Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195166910
eISBN:
9780199863938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166910.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter analyzes Wagner's opera. Wagner's three acts focus on three climactic moments: that of the first avowal of love, at the very moment when Isolde is to be given in marriage to King Marke; ... More


Musico-poetic Design in Act 1

Eric Chafe

in The Tragic and the Ecstatic:: The Musical Revolution of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195343007
eISBN:
9780199851928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343007.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Opera

The first act of Tristan differs from the others in one very important respect: it contains, on the surface at least, nothing of the metaphysical themes of the second and third acts. The drinking of ... More


Tristan und Isolde: The Erotic Utopia

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/9780520292758.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Opera

Tristan und Isolde (1857-59) put this revolutionary optimism of the Ring into question. Prompted in part by his disillusionment with the failed revolution and in part by his enthusiastic reading of ... More


Act 3: Musico-poetic Design

Eric Chafe

in The Tragic and the Ecstatic:: The Musical Revolution of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195343007
eISBN:
9780199851928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343007.003.0014
Subject:
Music, Opera

Act 3 of Tristan is considered the richest—the “greatest in every way,” “practically perfect,” according to Joseph Kerman—a perception extending back at least as far as Nietzsche’s panegyric in The ... More


Tristan and Gottfried von Strassburg I: Minne

Eric Chafe

in The Tragic and the Ecstatic:: The Musical Revolution of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195343007
eISBN:
9780199851928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343007.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Opera

The truth regarding Wagner’s attitude toward Gottfried is not to be found in his rejection of what he would have considered the dated aspects of Gottfried’s poem, but in his interaction with the ... More


The Music of Tristan

ROGER SCRUTON

in Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195166910
eISBN:
9780199863938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166910.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter focuses on philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer's influence on the music of Tristan and Isolde. Wagner discovered the philosophy of Schopenhauer while conceiving the drama of Tristan and ... More


The Love Scene in Act 2: Transition and Periodicity

Eric Chafe

in The Tragic and the Ecstatic:: The Musical Revolution of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195343007
eISBN:
9780199851928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343007.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Opera

The increasing depth of night is a metaphor for the lovers’ coming ever closer to oneness. The background in Gottfried von Strassburg’s lovers’ cave scene for the ideal of an enclosed “world apart,” ... More


Love as Fearful Torment

Eric Chafe

in The Tragic and the Ecstatic:: The Musical Revolution of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195343007
eISBN:
9780199851928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343007.003.0015
Subject:
Music, Opera

In Tristan, form rooted in musical and dramatic correspondences mirrors the representational aspect of the drama, but as such it often seems imposed or external, demanding that it be understood in ... More


The Road to Salvation

Eric Chafe

in The Tragic and the Ecstatic:: The Musical Revolution of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195343007
eISBN:
9780199851928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343007.003.0016
Subject:
Music, Opera

The tritone that sounds as Tristan sinks unconscious to F and the orchestra and Kurvenal enter on B is an expression of the purely negating view of existence. When Kurvenal, having pronounced love a ... More


Act 2, Scene 1: Night and Minne

Eric Chafe

in The Tragic and the Ecstatic:: The Musical Revolution of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195343007
eISBN:
9780199851928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343007.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Opera

Wagner developed the succession of three scenes that constitute the second act of Tristan from the three love episodes that appear in Gottfried’s Tristan between the drinking of the love potion and ... More


The Prelude: A Musico-poetic View

Eric Chafe

in The Tragic and the Ecstatic:: The Musical Revolution of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195343007
eISBN:
9780199851928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343007.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Opera

The most conspicuous common element in both Wagner’s programs is that the prelude represents the dynamic of desire arising almost from nothing and expanding toward a climactic point at which there is ... More


The Conscience of the King

Sudhir Kakar and John Munder Ross

in Tales of Love, Sex, and Danger

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198072560
eISBN:
9780199082124
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072560.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

The story of Tristan and Isolde has been retold many times, with various narrators exploiting the plight of lovers according to the place granted to Eros in their era and culture, thereby allowing ... More


The Two Death Motives

Eric Chafe

in The Tragic and the Ecstatic:: The Musical Revolution of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195343007
eISBN:
9780199851928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343007.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Opera

The two death motives in Tristan relate to two different perspectives on death as Wagner interpreted and “amended” Schopenhauer. The first, in act 1, is an extension of desire. Emerging from desire, ... More


Introduction

Eric Chafe

in The Tragic and the Ecstatic:: The Musical Revolution of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195343007
eISBN:
9780199851928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343007.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera

This introductory chapter sets out the goals of the book, one of which is to outline the connection between music and philosophy in Wagner’s mind, describing how it led him to Schopenhauer and how, ... More


Tristan and Gottfried von Strassburg II: Honor

Eric Chafe

in The Tragic and the Ecstatic:: The Musical Revolution of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195343007
eISBN:
9780199851928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343007.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Opera

Wagner articulates the belief of the mythological tradition of Gottfried scholarship that Tristan and Isolde are guiltless of adultery and deception by asserting the metaphysical underpinning of ... More


The Philosophy of Love

ROGER SCRUTON

in Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195166910
eISBN:
9780199863938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166910.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter argues that in Tristan und Isolde Wagner wished to reawaken in us the knowledge that the erotic is fundamental to the human condition, an aspect of our freedom, and an avenue to ... More


Tristan and Schopenhauer

Eric Chafe

in The Tragic and the Ecstatic:: The Musical Revolution of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195343007
eISBN:
9780199851928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343007.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Opera

By late 1854 Wagner’s conversion to Schopenhauer was a fait accompli. References to Schopenhauer began to appear in letters to Wagner’s friends, and continued over the following years. In a letter ... More


Schopenhauer and Wagner

Bryan Magee

in The Philosophy of Schopenhauer

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198237228
eISBN:
9780191706233
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198237227.003.0017
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Outstanding among the many creative artists on whom Schopenhauer exercised influence was the opera composer Richard Wagner (1813–83), who, rarely for a composer, was an intellectual and studied ... More


Love, Death, and Redemption

ROGER SCRUTON

in Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195166910
eISBN:
9780199863938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166910.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter argues that in Tristan und Isolde the victims themselves are redeemed, and this redemption is to be thought of as a purely human achievement involving no miracles, no supernatural ... More


Le Roi Arthus

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/9780195189544.003.0024
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter analyzes Chausson's opera, Le Roi Arthus. It argues that Le Roi Arthus was not Chausson's first artistic contact with an Arthurian subject. It then considers the Arthurian sources ... More


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