A Study of Wagner
by Ernest Newman (9781108004718)

A Study of Wagner
 
Ernest Newman
Release Date: 16 July 2009
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 426
Category: History & Criticism
ISBN: 9781108004718
ISBN-10: 1108004717



This is the first of several in-depth studies of Wagner and his music by the renowned music critic Ernest Newman, which led up to the great four-volume biography The Life of Richard Wagner published 1933-1947. This 1899 work presents a thoroughly researched, detailed 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 Wagner's musical compositions, publications and other musical events of the period and ends by summarising the essence of the composer's character and contribution to music.

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