My Life with Wagner

Author: Christian Thielemann

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297608568

Category: Music

Page: 272

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'Idiosyncratic, humorous, enlightening and written by one of the finest conductors alive ... This is the book to buy if you are going to see Wagner or listen to him at home' LITERARY REVIEW Over a distinguished career conducting some of the world's finest orchestras, Christian Thielemann has earned a reputation as the leading modern interpreter of Richard Wagner. MY LIFE WITH WAGNER chronicles his ardent personal and professional engagement with the composer whose work has shaped his thinking and feeling from early childhood. Thielemann retraces his journey with Wagner - from Berlin to Bayreuth via Venice, Hamburg and Chicago. Next he takes each opera in turn, his appraisal illuminated by a deep affinity for the music, an intimate knowledge of the scores and the inside perspective of an outstanding practitioner. And yet for all the adulation Wagner's art inspires in him, Thielemann does not shy away from unpalatable truths about the man himself, explaining why today he is venerated and reviled in equal measure. The result is a richly rewarding read for admirers of a composer who continues to fascinate long after his death.

Wagner and His Works: The Story of His Life with Critical Comments (Volume One)

Author: Henry Theophilus Finck

Publisher: The Minerva Group, Inc.

ISBN: 9781410216274

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

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A lively and provocative study of the great composer and his works. Mr. Finck's established reputation as a musical scholar, thorough familiarity with Wagner literature, and interesting style, give his book a marked and permanent value. It is the result of many years' special study, and is both a full review of Wagner's life, the dramatic episodes of which are treated with unusual fullness, and a summary and critical analysis of the musical and poetic contents of his writings, rich in anecdote and apposite quotation. This title is cited and recommended by Books for College Libraries and the Catalogue of the Lamont Library, Harvard College.

Richard Wagner His Life and His Dramas: A Biographical Study of the Man and an Explanation of His Work

Author: William James Henderson

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1465614923

Category: Composers

Page: 504

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The purpose of this book is to supply Wagner lovers with a single work which shall meet all their needs. The author has told the story of Wagner's life, explained his artistic aims, given the history of each of his great works, examined its literary sources, shown how Wagner utilised them, surveyed the musical plan of each drama, and set forth the meaning and purpose of its principal ideas. The work is not intended to be critical, but is designed to be expository. It aims to help the Wagner lover to a thorough knowledge and understanding of the man and his works. The author has consulted all the leading biographies, and for guidance in the direction of absolute trustworthiness he is directly indebted to Mme. Cosima Wagner, whose suggestions have been carefully observed. He is also under a large, but not heavy, burden of obligation to Mr. Henry Edward Krehbiel, musical critic of The New York Tribune, who carefully read the manuscript of this work and pointed out its errors. The value of Mr. Krehbiel's revision and his hints cannot be over-estimated. Thanks are also due to Mr. Emil Paur, conductor of the Philharmonic Society, of New York, for certain inquiries made in Europe. The records of first performances have been prepared with great care and with no little labour. For the dates of those at most of the European cities the author is indebted to an elaborate article by E. Kastner, published in the Allgemeine Musik. Zeitung, of Berlin, for July and August, 1896. The original casts have been secured, as far as possible, from the programmes. For that of the "Flying Dutchman" at Dresden—incorrectly given in many books on Wagner—the author is indebted to Hofkapellmeister Ernst von Schuch, who obtained it from the records of the Hoftheater. The name of the singer of the Herald in the first cast of "Lohengrin," missing in all the published histories, was supplied by Hermann Wolff, of Berlin, from the records of Weimar. The casts of first performances in this country are not quite complete, simply because the journalists of twenty-five years ago did not realise their obligations to posterity. The casts were not published in full. The records have disappeared. The theatres in some cases—as in that of the Stadt—have long ago gone out of existence and nothing can be done. As far as given the casts are, the author believes, perfectly correct.

Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer

Author: Richard Wagner,Stephen McClatchie

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521587631

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 229

View: 1269


An opera handbook on one of Richard Wagner's most popular operatic masterpieces.

My Life with Wagner: Fairies, Rings, and Redemption: Exploring Opera's Most Enigmatic Composer

Author: Christian Thielemann

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 168177173X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 1924


One of today's most outstanding conductors, Christian Thielemann, composes a brilliant account of the great—and controversial—Richard Wagner. Over a distinguished career conducting some of the world's finest orchestras, Christian Thielemann has earned a reputation as the leading modern interpreter of Richard Wagner. My Life with Wagner chronicles his ardent personal and professional engagement with the great composer, whose work has shaped his thinking and feeling from early childhood. Thielemann retraces his journey around the world with Wagner—from Berlin to Bayreuth via Venice, Hamburg, and Chicago—and combines his analysis with revealing insights drawn from his many years of experience as a Wagner conductor. Thielemann discusses each of Wagner's operas in turn, and his appraisal is illuminated by a deep affinity for the music, an intimate knowledge of the scores, and the inside perspective of a world-class practitioner. And yet for all the adulation Wagner's art inspires, Thielemann does not shy away from unpalatable truths about the man himself, explaining why today Wagner is venerated and reviled in equal measure.My Life with Wagner is a richly rewarding read for admirers of a composer who continues to fascinate long after his death.

Life of Richard Wagner

Author: Carl Friedrich Glasenapp

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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