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Wagner: His Life and Music

Paperback
256 pages
Author: Stephen Johnson
2-colour inside, 20 illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-84379-200-0
Publication date: April 2007


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Well over a century after Wagner’s death, the man and his music are as controversial as ever. Praised for his profound insights into the workings of the human heart, he has also been condemned as a dangerous libertine, a proto-fascist and an arrogant bore. His vast four-part operatic Ring cycle has been elevated as one of the greatest achievements of western culture and dismissed as an unparalleled example of creative megalomania.

This book makes no attempt to gloss over the darker sides of Wagner’s character, personally or artistically, but argues that the finer aspects of his vision transcend its flaws. It tells the story of an extraordinary life, and charts Wagner’s development, from unpromising beginnings, into the creator of some of the most brilliantly innovatory and seductively beautiful music ever composed. The book also contains 2 CDs of music spanning Wagner’s career along with information on free access to a dedicated website with hours of extra music and other bonus material.

And with the words comes the music...

2 CDS of music spanning Wagner’s career   Free access to a dedicated website with hours of extra music and other bonus material. For USA, click here.
 





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