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The Life of Richard Wagner

The Life of Richard Wagner
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  • Date Published: March 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108007733

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  • Ernest Newman's four-volume Life of Wagner, originally published between 1933 and 1947, remains a classic work of biography. The culmination of forty years' research on the composer and his works (Newman's first Study of Wagner was first published in 1899), these books present a detailed portrait of perhaps the most influential, the most controversial and the most frequently reviled composer in the whole history of western music. Newman was aware that no biography can ever claim to be complete or completely accurate: 'The biographer can at no stage hope to have reached the final truth. All he can do is to make sure that whatever statement he may make, whatever conclusion he may come to, shall be based on the whole of the evidence available at the time of writing.' In this aim he triumphantly succeeds.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2014
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108007733
    • length: 2680 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 307 x 89 mm
    • weight: 3.72kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume I: Foreword
    1. Paternity and ancestry
    2. Geyer
    3. The child
    4. The Kreuzschüler
    5. The Leipzig student
    6. Würzburg
    7. The last six months in Leipzig
    8. The state of music in Germany
    9. The economic and social status of the musician
    10. Magdeburg
    11. Minna
    12. Königsberg and Riga
    13. The voyage to London
    14. The 'conquest of Paris'
    15. The return to Dresden
    16. The early years in Dresden
    17. The middle years in Dresden
    18. Friends and enemies
    19. The storm brewing
    20. Nearing the end in Dresden
    Volume II: Foreword
    1. Wagner and politics in 1848
    2. The literary works of 1848
    3. Leading up to revolution
    4. Wagner and the revolution I: the legal case against him
    5. Wagner and the revolution II: his share in the revolt
    6. Between Zürich and Paris
    7. Jessie Laussot
    8. Friends and public work in Zürich
    9. Liszt, Wagner and 'Lohengrin'
    10. Liszt and Weimar
    11. The rising tide
    12. Uhlig's visit: expansion of the Nibelungen plan
    13. Weakening of the link with Weimar
    14. Distractions and diet: the 'Cellini' episode
    15. The 'hailstorm'
    16. Growing estrangement from the world
    17. Difficulties in the rounding of the 'Ring'
    18. Marking time in Zürich
    19. Liszt and Wagner meet again: the 'Ring' music begun
    20. Wagner's finances in Zürich
    21. The year 1854
    22. The London inferno
    23. Nearing the end in Zürich
    24. Between Zürich and Paris
    25. The Asyl catastrophe
    26. Calm in Venice
    27. From Venice to Lucerne
    28. Preparing for the siege of Paris
    Volume III: Foreword
    1. The second assault on Paris
    2. The year 1860
    3. En route to 'Tannhäuser'
    4. Gathering clouds
    5. The storm breaks
    6. Between Paris and Vienna
    7. The Minna crisis
    8. Shipwreck
    9. The rescue
    10. Wagner and Ludwig
    11. At the Villa Pellet
    12. Cosima
    13. Settling down in Munich
    14. Trouble brewing
    15. The 'Tristan' production
    16. After 'Tristan'
    17. Semper and the Festival Theatre
    18. 'Vincere scis, Hannibal'
    19. '– Victoria uti nescis'
    20. Haven in Triebschen
    The triangle
    22. The king and the triangle
    Volume IV: Foreword
    1. The Malvina Schnorr episode: I
    2. The Malvina Schnorr episode: II
    3. Moves in Munich
    4. Shadows falling
    5. Fröbel and the 'Süddeutsche Presse'
    6. The shadows deepen
    7. The 'Meistersinger' year'
    8. The Bülow–Cosima crisis
    9. Cosima decides
    10. The breach with the king
    11. The 'Rhinegold' aftermath
    12. Sunshine and cloud in Triebschen
    13. The Bayreuth idea
    14. Planning Bayreuth
    15. Wagner and Nietzsche: I
    16. Wagner and Nietzsche: II
    17. The foundation-stone
    18. Polemics in 1872
    19. Difficulties in Bayreuth
    20. The king to the rescue
    21. Spadework in 1874
    22. Bayreuth in 1875
    23. Preparing for the festival
    24. The festival and after
    25. Nietzsche in 1876
    26. Elisabeth's false witness
    27. The realities of the matter
    28. The load of care
    29. Bayreuth saved
    30. The breach with Nietzsche
    31. Work at 'Parsifal'
    32. In search of health
    33. Trouble with Bülow and others
    34. On the way to 'Parsifal'
    35. Nearing the goal
    36. 'Parsifal'
    37. The end in Venice

  • Author

    Ernest Newman

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