Wagner In Performance

August 19, 1992|
Wagner In Performance by BARRY MILLINGTON
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Despite the voluminous literature on Wagner's operas, little has been published that does justice to all the elements of their performance. This book, addressed to both specialists and the opera-going public, brings together a team of authorities from around the world to examine the performance history and reception of Wagner's works in Europe and America.

Essays on conducting, singing, production, and stage design of Wagner's works explore the revolutionary nature of the composer's demands on his interpreters. The book raises profound aesthetic questions about the realization of opera on the stage: the authority of the composer vis-a-vis the director and the audience; the sanctity of the text, score, and stage directions; and the role of art itself in society. The volume also considers the explosion in popularity of Wagner's music dramas and their ability to assume new meanings—on stage and in recordings—for successive generations. It looks at the often vociferous debate over vocal and conducting styles, at the origins of Bayreuth, and at the impact of Wagner on the musical life of New York and Vienna. The book is certain to raise the level of discussion about opera production generally and to enhance our enjoyment of Wagner's works in the opera house.
Title:Wagner In Performance
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:224 pages, 11 X 8.5 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:224 pages, 11 X 8.5 X 1 in
Published:August 19, 1992
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300181180

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