The Wagner Style
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264 Pages

23.2 x 15 cm

6 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Defining Opera

Imprint: Plumbago Books

The Wagner Style

Close Readings and Critical Perspectives

by Arnold Whittall and Christopher Wintle

Edited by Christopher Wintle

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A selection of Arnold Whittall's masterly writings on Wagner dealing with all major works in the context of 150 years' of critical reception - with copious music examples.
The book celebrates Arnold Whittall's 80th birthday with a collection of his key writings on Richard Wagner. The first ten chapters deal with the three Romantic operas, the four parts of The Ring and the three remaining music dramas. Their aim is to illuminate those aspects of Wagner's style that are both personal and important for his successors. Whittall sets close readings of key passages in the context of a critical debate that has itself ragedfor over a century, and his comprehensive range of reference makes this volume essential reading for all those who want to enter the debate. The final chapter deals with Jonathan Harvey's Wagner Dream (2007), a modern operatic treatment of Wagner the man and his unrealised Buddhist project, Die Sieger. Whittall's style is focussed and discriminating, yet also relaxed and accessible, and his text is rich in music examples.

ARNOLD WHITTALL is Professor Emeritus at King's College London. His previous books include Exploring Twentieth-Century Music and Serialism.

ARNOLD WHITTALL is Professor Emeritus of Music Theory & Analysis, King's College London and one of the leading authorities on twentieth-century music and analysis.

"In a time when the idea of a volume celebrating an individual scholar is rarely a publisher's delight, The Wagner Style presents, in its breadth and coherence, a compelling case for such a book, placing an important area of the author's work under the spotlight. WAGNER JOURNAL[Whittall's] hugely impressive - as well as up-to-date - familiarity with the wider Wagnerian literature. is clearly apparent on every page, while his conclusions . are as rewarding as they are original." OPERA

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9780993198311

October 2015

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Title Details

264 Pages

2.32 x 1.5 cm

6 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Defining Opera

Imprint: Plumbago Books