Wagner s Melodies

Wagner's Melodies places the composer's ideas about melody in the context of the scientific discourse of his age.

Wagner s Melodies

Wagner s Melodies

Wagner's Melodies places the composer's ideas about melody in the context of the scientific discourse of his age.

Wagner s Melodies

This move was not entirely unprecedented: the burgeoning discipline of German Philologie (historical linguistics) gave voice to the most profound explosion of a national historical imagination in the story of European nationalism, and ...

Wagner s Melodies

Wagner s Melodies

This move was not entirely unprecedented: the burgeoning discipline of German Philologie (historical linguistics) gave voice to the most profound explosion of a national historical imagination in the story of European nationalism, and Wagner effectively came of age during its emergence as a mainstay of language studies, the implications of which few commentators have taken seriously. Precisely the physiology of speech-sounds qua melody led to a fully materialist reading of melodic expression, resulting in a kind of double vision where sound itself was both the property of aesthetic speculation and acoustic scrutiny, both transcendent and real physical vibrations. While Wagner himself resisted the perspective of the natural sciences, I interrogate this parallax perspective, and argue that the primacy he accords to the human voice as arbiter of melodic expression points finally to his position at the apex of an inheritance of melodrama.

Music Glocalization

reversed, and sometimes also rhythmically or melodically slightly varied.23 Wagner's music, herewith, is “as script is to words"24, and to conceal this very notion; to cover up that actually nothing new happens, he provided his music ...

Music Glocalization

Music Glocalization

This unique edited volume offers a distinctive theoretical perspective and advanced insights into how music is impacted by the interaction of global forces with local conditions. As the first major book to apply the timely notion of “glocality” to music, this collection features robust scholarship on genres and practices from many corners of the world: from studies of European opera professions and the oeuvre of several contemporary art music composers, to music in Uzbekistan and Indonesia, urban street musicians, and even the didjeridoo. The authors interrogate theories of glocalization, distinguishing this notion from globalization and other more familiar concepts, and demonstrate how its application illuminates the mechanisms that link changing musical practices and technologies with their social milieu. This incisive book is relevant to scholars of many different specializations, particularly those with a deep interest in relationships between music and society, both past and present. More broadly, its discussions will be of value to those concerned with how changing policies and technologies impact cultural heritage and the creative approaches of performing artists worldwide.

Mallarm and Wagner

On ne rompt ni avec ses mélodies , ni avec ses allures , ni avec sa pensée ; on reste sous une pression qui ressemble à l'étreinte de l'aigle.90 [ You can break free neither from his melodies nor from his movements , nor from his ...

Mallarm   and Wagner

Mallarm and Wagner

This book challenges and replaces the existing view of Mallarmé's mission to 're-possess' music on behalf of poetic language. Professor Heath Lees shows that Mallarmé's early knowledge and experience of music was much greater than commentators have realis

Richard Wagner s Prose Works

Richard Wagner William Ashton Ellis. more decisively in the Spinning - Chorus , and most of all in the Sailors ' Song . That which most palpably distinguishes the Folk - melody from the modern Italian melismus , is principally its sharp ...

Richard Wagner s Prose Works

Richard Wagner s Prose Works


The Oxford Handbook of Music and Intellectual Culture in the Nineteenth Century

Among the subjects Nietzsche addressed was Wagner's pamphlet of 1849, penned while the composer was also writing the ... There, Wagner unfolded a narrative of the historical evolution of Western music that pointed to the future—indeed, ...

The Oxford Handbook of Music and Intellectual Culture in the Nineteenth Century

The Oxford Handbook of Music and Intellectual Culture in the Nineteenth Century

Rarely studied in their own right, writings about music are often viewed as merely supplemental to understanding music itself. Yet in the nineteenth century, scholarly interest in music flourished in fields as disparate as philosophy and natural science, dramatically shifting the relationship between music and the academy. An exciting and much-needed new volume, The Oxford Handbook of Music and Intellectual Culture in the Nineteenth Century draws deserved attention to the people and institutions of this period who worked to produce these writings. Editors Paul Watt, Sarah Collins, and Michael Allis, along with an international slate of contributors, discuss music's fascinating and unexpected interactions with debates about evolution, the scientific method, psychology, exoticism, gender, and the divide between high and low culture. Part I of the handbook establishes the historical context for the intellectual world of the period, including the significant genres and disciplines of its music literature, while Part II focuses on the century's institutions and networks - from journalists to monasteries - that circulated ideas about music throughout the world. Finally, Part III assesses how the music research of the period reverberates in the present, connecting studies in aestheticism, cosmopolitanism, and intertextuality to their nineteenth-century origins. The Handbook challenges Western music history's traditionally sole focus on musical work by treating writings about music as valuable cultural artifacts in themselves. Engaging and comprehensive, The Oxford Handbook of Music and Intellectual Culture in the Nineteenth Century brings together a wealth of new interdisciplinary research into this critical area of study.

Richard Wagner and the English

68 In 1855 to Davison Wagner's only marvelous facility had seemed to be for doing the wrong thing . Now Davison mentioned " charming " melody , “ fresh , inspiriting , and appropriate phrases , " and " delightfully tuneful strains .

Richard Wagner and the English

Richard Wagner and the English

Wagner was more than a composer--he was a cultural phenomenon. The author seeks to explain this phenomenon. One claim is that Wagner's music dramas served to provide encouragement and inspiration to Victorians struggling with the problems of a changing and challenging era. Intellectual developments (including the theories of Charles Darwin and the impact of historical scholarship on Biblical studies) had struck a severe blow against religious orthodoxy. Thus, the English strove to retain their inherited or instinctive beliefs and at the same time to accept the conclusions of natural and social science. Frustrated by the academic arguments, many persons turned to less intellectual substitutes, including Wagnerism. Almost all of Wagner's plots involve some form of redemption and hunger for the infinite. The author also claims that Wagnerism drew on the Victorian need for social justice, and points out that just as many Wagnerians sought emancipation from confining materialist philosophies or simply delighted in sexual liberation.

Richard Wagner

There are few, if any, scholars today who know more about Wagner and his legacy than Geck, who builds upon his extensive research and considerable knowledge as one of the editors of the Complete Works to offer a distinctive appraisal of the ...

Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner

Best known for the challenging four-opera cycle The Ring of the Nibelung, Richard Wagner (1813–83) was a conductor, librettist, theater director, and essayist, in addition to being the composer of some of the most enduring operatic works in history, such as The Flying Dutchman, Tannhäuser, and Tristan and Isolde. Though his influence on the development of European music is indisputable, Wagner was also quite outspoken on the politics and culture of his time. His ideas traveled beyond musical circles into philosophy, literature, theater staging, and the visual arts. To befit such a dynamic figure, acclaimed biographer Martin Geck offers here a Wagner biography unlike any other, one that strikes a unique balance between the technical musical aspects of Wagner’s compositions and his overarching understanding of aesthetics. Wagner has always inspired passionate admirers as well as numerous detractors, with the result that he has achieved a mythical stature nearly equal to that of the Valkyries and Viking heroes he popularized. There are few, if any, scholars today who know more about Wagner and his legacy than Geck, who builds upon his extensive research and considerable knowledge as one of the editors of the Complete Works to offer a distinctive appraisal of the composer and the operas. Using a wide range of sources, from contemporary scholars to the composer’s own words, Geck explores key ideas in Wagner’s life and works, while always keeping the music in the foreground. Geck discusses not only all the major operas, but also several unfinished operas and even the composer’s early attempts at quasi-Shakespearean drama. Richard Wagner: A Life in Music is a landmark study of one of music’s most important figures, offering something new to opera enthusiasts, Wagnerians, and anti-Wagnerians alike.

Brahms in the Priesthood of Art

Indeed, sensuality found its most vociferous proponent in Wagner, whose theories of a “total artwork” (Gesamtkunstwerk) of the future were ... 74 For more on physiology of the ear in this era, see Trippett, Wagner's Melodies.

Brahms in the Priesthood of Art

Brahms in the Priesthood of Art

Brahms in the Priesthood of Art: Gender and Art Religion in the Nineteenth-Century German Musical Imagination explores the intersection of gender, art religion (Kunstreligion) and other aesthetic currents in Brahms reception of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In particular, it focuses on the theme of the self-sacrificing musician devoted to his art, or "priest of music," with its quasi-mystical and German Romantic implications of purity seemingly at odds with the lived reality of Brahms's bourgeois existence. While such German Romantic notions of art religion informed the thinking on musical purity and performance, after the failed socio-political revolutions of 1848/49, and in the face of scientific developments, the very concept of musical priesthood was questioned as outmoded. Furthermore, its essential gender ambiguity, accommodating such performing mothers as Clara Schumann and Amalie Joachim, could suit the bachelor Brahms but leave the composer open to speculation. Supportive critics combined elements of masculine and feminine values with a muddled rhetoric of prophets, messiahs, martyrs, and other art-religious stereotypes to account for the special status of Brahms and his circle. Detractors tended to locate these stereotypes in a more modern, fin-de-si�cle psychological framework that questioned the composer's physical and mental well-being. In analyzing these receptions side by side, this book revises the accepted image of Brahms, recovering lost ambiguities in his reception. It resituates him not only in a romanticized priesthood of art, but also within the cultural and gendered discourses overlooked by the absolute music paradigm.

Gateways to Understanding Music

Berlioz, Chopin, Wagner, and Smetana and in relation to the current artistic climate in France. Just as Debussy did in Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Beethoven, Berlioz, and Smetana had painted rural scenes in their music, ...

Gateways to Understanding Music

Gateways to Understanding Music

Gateways to Understanding Music explores music in all the categories that constitute contemporary musical experience: European classical music, popular music, jazz, and world music. Covering the oldest forms of human music making to the newest, the chronological narrative considers music from a global rather than a Eurocentric perspective. Each of sixty modular "gateways" covers a particular genre, style, or period of music. Every gateway opens with a guided listening example that unlocks a world of music through careful study of its structural elements. Based on their listening experience, students are asked to consider how the piece came to be composed or performed, how the piece or performance responded to the social and cultural issues at the time and place of its creation, and what that music means today. Students learn to listen to, explain, understand, and ultimately value all the music they may encounter in their world. FEATURES Global scope—Presents all music as worthy of study, including classical, world, popular, and jazz. Historical narrative—Begins with small-scale forager societies up to the present, with a shifting focus from global to European to American influences. Modular framework—60 gateways in 14 chapters allow flexibility to organize chronologically or by the seven recurring themes: aesthetics, emotion, social life, links to culture, politics, economics, and technology. Listening-guided learning—Leads to understanding the emotion, meaning, significance, and history of music. Introduction of musical concepts—Defined as needed and compiled into a Glossary for reference. Consistent structure—With the same step-by-step format, students learn through repeated practice how to listen and how to think about music. In addition to streamed audio examples, the companion website hosts essential instructors’ resources.

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