Richard Wagner. Staging a Life

Original Title: Richard Wagner

Hardcover with jacket, 832 pages, 15.0 x 22.7 cm, 5.9 x 8.9 in., 120 b/w illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-89667-563-7
€ 34.99 [D] | € 36.00 [A] | CHF 47.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Blessing

Date of publication: May 24, 2016
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Rights sold to: China (Yilin Press)



Ulrich  Drüner - Richard Wagner. Staging a Life
 
 
 
 

 

An epoch-making book that will change our view of Richard Wagner

Although celebrating successes with Rienzi and Lohengrin, Richard Wagner had to write begging letters and look for patrons, partly because of his addiction to luxury and partly because in the early 19th century serious composers were paid worse than spectacular virtuosos.

Yet Wagner managed to create a myth around himself and his work, opening new financial – and artistic – possibilities. One aspect of this self-staging was reciting and declaiming his poetry to small circles of friends, and this helped him find the speech melody and inspiration for his texts.

Here we have a biography that shows how Wagner was not only a pioneer as a composer, director and conductor, but also had a considerable influence on the image of intellectuals in Germany.

"Ulrich Drüner reckons with the decades-long critical examinations of Wagner – clearly, multifacetedly, and free of jargon."

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