Richard Wagner (1813-1883) aimed to be greater than only a composer. He got down to redefine opera as a "total murals" combining the top aspirations of drama, poetry, the symphony, the visible arts, even faith and philosophy. both celebrated and vilified in his personal time, Wagner keeps to impress debate this present day concerning his political legacy in addition to his track and aesthetic theories. Wagner and His World examines his works of their highbrow and cultural contexts.
Seven unique essays examine such subject matters as tune drama in gentle of rituals of naming within the composer's works and the politics of style; the position of leitmotif in Wagner's reception; the urge for extinction in Tristan und Isolde as psychology and image; Wagner as his personal level director; his conflicted dating with pianist-composer Franz Liszt; the anti-French satire Eine Kapitulation within the context of the Franco-Prussian conflict; and responses of Jewish writers and musicians to Wagner's anti-Semitism. as well as the editor, the participants are Karol Berger, Leon Botstein, Lydia Goehr, Kenneth Hamilton, Katherine Syer, and Christian Thorau.
This publication additionally contains translations of essays, studies, and memoirs through champions and detractors of Wagner; glimpses into his family sphere in Tribschen and Bayreuth; and all of Wagner's application notes to his personal works. Introductions and annotations are supplied by means of the editor and David Breckbill, Mary A. Cicora, James Deaville, Annegret Fauser, Steven Huebner, David Trippett, and Nicholas Vazsonyi.