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Roger Scruton’s Posthumous Volume on Parsifal

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The late philosopher Roger Scruton wrote two valuable studies of Wagner’s mature works:  Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde (2004) and The Ring of Truth: The Wisdom of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung (2016).  At the time of his death on January 12, 2020, Scruton had completed but not published his third and final Wagner study, Wagner’s...

Wagner’s Contributions to Theatre: “Curtain, Gong and Steam”

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Broad misunderstanding persists concerning Richard Wagner’s contributions to the theatre generally, and to theatrical production in particular.  Seen as he is primarily as a composer, Wagner’s theatrical insights have prompted only tangentially, and relatively recently, the scholarship it deserves. Popular appreciation of Wagner’s contributions to theatre is even less...

A Study of Form in Wagner’s Compositional Technique

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Most students of Wagner are aware of the work of Alfred Lorenz, who studiously (some might say tediously)  argued that Wagner’s compositional techniques were recognizably in bar (AAB) or bogen (ABA) form, albeit on a mammoth scale.  Many contemporary scholars consider Lorenz’ conclusions to be tortured.  This conclusion is sometimes placed in context with Lorenz’ participation...

The Death and Heroism of Siegfried

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In his thin and challenging book, The Trouble with Wagner, Prof. Michael Steinberg of Brown University shares a dramaturge's perspective on the Ring Cycle -- both from his academic scrutiny and from the experience of acting in the position of dramaturge in the production of the work recently staged at La Scala and Berlin State Opera and directed by Guy Cassiers...

Wagner: A Case History

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In London last June, walking back from Quaker Meeting at Friends House on Euston Road, a lovely Sunday afternoon was made even lovelier by the discovery of Judd Books, on Marchmont Street in Bloomsbury. There, amid the used and dusty books, I found Wagner: A Case History, by Martin van Amerongen. I not only did not have this 1983 volume in my library; I did not even know of its existence, and at...

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