The Wagner Operas
By (author) Ernest Newman
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Wagner Operas by Ernest Newman
Book DescriptionIn this classic guide, the foremost Wagner expert of our century discusses ten of Wagner's most beloved operas, illuminates their key themes and the myths and literary sources behind the librettos, and demonstrates how the composer's style changed from work to work. Acclaimed as the most complete and intellectually satisfying analysis of the Wagner operas, the book has met with unreserved enthusiasm from specialist and casual music lover alike. Here, available for the first time in a single paperback volume, is the perfect companion for listening to, or attending, The Flying Dutchman, Tannhauser, Lohengrin, Tristan and Isolde, Die Meistersinger, the four operas of the Ring Cycle, and Parsifal. Newman enriches his treatment of the stories, texts, and music of the operas with biographical and historical materials from the store of knowledge that he acquired while completing his numerous books on Wagner, including the magisterial Life of Richard Wagner. The text of The Wagner Operas is filled with hundreds of musical examples from the scores, and all the important leitmotifs and their interrelationships are made clear in Newman's lucid prose. "This is as fine an introduction as any ever written about a major composer's masterpieces. Newman outlines with unfailing clarity and astuteness each opera's dramatic sources, and he takes the student through the completed opera, step by step, with all manner of incidental insight along the way."--Robert Bailey, New York University
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691027166
(235mm x 155mm x 41mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 23-Sep-1991
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ernest Newman
Wagner as Man and Artist, Paperback (May 2014)
In this 1914 work, Newman attempts 'a complete and impartial psychological estimate' of a complex and frequently misinterpreted genius.
Life of Richard Wagner, Paperback (December 2009)
Newman's Life of Wagner, published between 1933 and 1947, the culmination of forty years' research, is a classic biography.
Gluck and the Opera, Paperback (September 2009)
Describes Gluck's eventful career all over Europe, and his far-reaching innovations in the field of opera.
Study of Wagner, Paperback (July 2009)» View all books by Ernest Newman
A critical analysis of Wagner's aesthetics and philosophy and their expression in his musical development and theoretical writings.
US Kirkus Review » Newman is the author of the standard four volume biography of Wagner, published over the years 1933-1946. In the course of his research, in the publication and availability of new source material, he has come across primary data which enables him to see Wagner's work as Wagner himself viewed it. And for this reason he is publishing this new analysis of the operas, beginning with The Flying Dutchman and going on through Parsifal. Enormous erudition - profound understanding of the man, his period, the forces operating at the time each opera was composed and produced. A book for close students of the scores- for listeners who want to share Newman's own determination to get from the operas that last ounce of what went into their creation. Special market. (Kirkus Reviews)
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