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The Sorcerer of Bayreuth: Richard Wagner, His Work and His World

 
 
Author
Barry Millington.
Publisher Oxford  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.75 x 6.75 x 1.35 inches
ISBN 9780199933761
Pages/Publication Date 320/2012
Daedalus Item Code 50873
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Richard Wagner (1813–83) remains one of the most influential and also one of the most controversial composers in classical music. Over the course of his long career he produced a stream of spellbinding works that challenged musical convention through their richness and tonal experimentation, ultimately paving the way for modernism. In this abundantly illustrated and browsable biography, Wagner scholar Barry Millington—chief music critic for the London Evening Standard and the editor of the Wagner Journal—presents an in-depth overview of the composer's life, works, and times. More than 300 color and black and white photos, artworks, and ephemera illuminate such themes as the composer's original sources of inspiration, his fetish for exotic silks, his relationships with his wife Cosima and with his mistress Mathilde Wesendonck, the anti-Semitism that is undeniably present in the operas, their proto-cinematic nature, and the turbulent legacy both of the Bayreuth Festival and of Wagnerism itself.

"The entire musicological and theatrical communities will profit greatly from Millington's careful and revealing research. This book will stand in perpetuity as one of the great biographical works on the composer and will be of immense benefit to present and future researchers on this 'sorcerer of Bayreuth'."—The Wagnerian

 
 
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