Wagnerism

For many, his name is now almost synonymous with artistic evil.0In 'Wagnerism', Alex Ross restores the magnificent confusion of what it means to be a Wagnerian.

Wagnerism

Wagnerism

For better or worse, Wagner is the most widely influential figure in the history of music. Around 1900, the phenomenon known as Wagnerism saturated European and American culture. Such colossal creations as 'The Ring of the Nibelung', 'Tristan und Isolde', and 'Parsifal' were models of formal daring, mythmaking, erotic freedom, and mystical speculation. A mighty procession of artists, including Virginia Woolf, Thomas Mann, Paul Cézanne, Isadora Duncan, and Luis Buñuel, felt his impact. Anarchists, occultists, feminists, and gay-rights pioneers saw him as a kindred spirit. Then Adolf Hitler incorporated Wagner into the soundtrack of Nazi Germany, and the composer came to be defined by his ferocious antisemitism. For many, his name is now almost synonymous with artistic evil.0In 'Wagnerism', Alex Ross restores the magnificent confusion of what it means to be a Wagnerian. A pandemonium of geniuses, madmen, charlatans, and prophets do battle over Wagner?s many-sided legacy.0In many ways, 'Wagnerism' tells a tragic tale. An artist who might have rivaled Shakespeare in universal reach is undone by an ideology of hate. Still, his shadow lingers over twenty-first century culture, his mythic motifs coursing through superhero films and fantasy fiction. Neither apologia nor condemnation, 'Wagnerism' is a work of passionate discovery, urging us toward a more honest idea of how art acts in the world.

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Wagnerism
Language: en
Pages: 784
Authors: Alex Ross
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Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-09 - Publisher: Fourth Estate

For better or worse, Wagner is the most widely influential figure in the history of music. Around 1900, the phenomenon known as Wagnerism saturated European and American culture. Such colossal creations as 'The Ring of the Nibelung', 'Tristan und Isolde', and 'Parsifal' were models of formal daring, mythmaking, erotic freedom,
Wagnerism
Language: en
Pages: 784
Authors: Alex Ross
Categories: Music
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-09-15 - Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Alex Ross, renowned New Yorker music critic and author of the international bestseller and Pulitzer Prize finalist The Rest Is Noise, reveals how Richard Wagner became the proving ground for modern art and politics—an aesthetic war zone where the Western world wrestled with its capacity for beauty and violence. For
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Pages: 552
Authors: Eric Weisbard
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Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-04-23 - Publisher: Duke University Press

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Language: en
Pages: 252
Authors: Michael Beckerman, Paul Boghossian
Categories: Music
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-03-30 - Publisher: Open Book Publishers

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Aubrey Beardsley and British Wagnerism in the 1890s
Language: en
Pages: 225
Authors: Emma Sutton
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002 - Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

This volume is an interdisciplinary study of the influence of the operas, writing, and personality of Richard Wagner (1813-1883) on the work of Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898). In exploring Beardsley's often iconoclastic versions--or perversions--of Wagner's work Aubrey Beardsley and British Wagernism in the 1890s aims to investigate the role of Wagnerism

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