After Wagner: Histories of Modernist Music Drama from <I>Parsifal</I> to Nono (0)

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After Wagner: Histories of Modernist Music Drama from <I>Parsifal</I> to Nono (0) by Mark Berry.pdf

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Descriptions : This book is both a telling of operatic histories after Richard Wagner and a philosophical reflection upon the writing of those histories Historical musicology reckons with intellectual and cultural history and vice versa The after of the title denotes chronology but also harmony and antagonism within a Wagnerian tradition Parsifal in which Wagner attempted to go beyond his achievement in the Ring to write after himself is followed by two apparent antipodes the strenuously modernist Arnold Schoenberg and the aestheticist Richard Strauss Discussion of Strauss s Capriccioartly in the light of Schoenberg s Moses und Aron reveals a moreolitical work than either first acquaintance or the composer s intention might suggest Then come three composers from subsequent generations Luigi Dallapiccola Luigi Nono and Hans Werner Henze Geographical context is extended to take in Wagner s Italian successors the problem of political emancipation in and through music drama takes another turn here confronting challenges and opportunities in more avowedlyolitically engaged art A final section explores the world of staging opera of so called Regietheater as initiated by Wagner himself Stefan Herheim s celebrated Bayreuth production of Parsifal and various performances of Lohengrin are discussed before looking back to Mozart Don Giovanni and forward to Alban Berg s Lulu and Nono s Al gran sole carico d amore Throughout the book invites us to consider how we might perceive the aesthetic and political integrity of the operatic work after Wagner After Wagner will be invaluable to anyone interested in twentieth century music drama and its intersection with politics and cultural history It will also appeal to those interested in Richard Wagner s cultural impact on succeeding generations of composers MARK BERRY is Lecturer in Music at Royal Holloway University of London

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