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Wagner
Barry Millington

Paperback | 1992 | $29.95 | ISBN: 9780691027227
356 pp.
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Wagner is one of the most controversial of composers, and much that has been written about him--including his autobiography--is misleading. Barry Millington draws on the best previous scholarship and his own original research to set the record straight. The first part of this book is devoted to biography; the second, to a detailed study of the operas. Millington offers a historical review of the critical interpretation of each opera, including a discussion of recent methods of formal analysis. In this revised edition, two chapters, those on Tannhauser and Die Meistersinger, include significant new material. The bibliography has also been updated.

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"Millington has assimilated the discoveries of leading Wagner scholars of our day and presented them so lucidly that they will be understood and enjoyed by music lovers at large."--Opera

"An account of the composer's life and career which is as close to the truth as we are currently able to get."--Classical Music

"Absolutely masterly. . . to summarize Wagner's life, influence, works, and the whole political, philosophical, and social argument around them, from the standpoint of 1985, and to do it with such lucid, engaging style. . . . It's a very good book."--BBC Music Weekly

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