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Author Borchmeyer, Dieter.

Title Richard Wagner : theory and theatre / Dieter Borchmeyer ; translated by Stewart Spencer.

Published Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  782.1092 WAGN/BORC    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Theater Richard Wagners. English
Physical description xx, 423 pages ; 25 cm
Notes Translation of: Das Theater Richard Wagners.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Summary Richard Wagner has come to be seen as the quintessential artist of the nineteenth century. Borchmeyer here provides the first systematic and comprehensive account of Wagner's aesthetic theory, examining his hitherto neglected prose writings and his ideas on music drama from the various standpoints of literature, the linking of ideas, and the sociology of art. The preeminent importance for Wagner of classical Greek art and mythology emerges with particular clarity, while his links with the great figures and forms of world theatre-- Shakespeare, the commedia dell'arte, the popular theatre, and the puppet theatre--are traced in detail. The influence on Wagner of the historical and social novel is also discussed. The author provides the first comprehensive analysis of Cosima Wagner's Diaries, and throws unexpected sidelights on Wagner's relationship with Nietzsche, in particular his important contribution to Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy.
Subject Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Opera -- 19th century.
ISBN 019315322X