Treacherous Bonds And Laughing Fire Politics And Religion In Wagner S Ring

Mark Berry Routledge Music

Mark Berry explores the political and religious ideas expounded in Wagner's Ring through close attention to the text and drama, the multifarious intellectual influences upon the composer during the work's lengthy gestation and composition, and the wealth of Wagner source material. Many of his writings are explicitly political in their concerns, for Wagner was emphatically not a revolutionary solely for the sake of art. Yet it would be misleading to see even the most 'political' tracts as somehow divorced from the aesthetic realm; Wagner's radical challenge to liberal-democratic politics makes no such distinction. This book considers Wagner's treatment of various worlds: nature, politics, economics, and metaphysics, in order to explain just how radical that challenge is. Classical interpretations have tended to opt either for an 'optimistic' view of the Ring, centred upon the influence of Young Hegelian thought - in particular the philosophy of Ludwig Feuerbach - and Wagner's concomitant revolutionary politics, or for the 'pessimistic' option, removing the disillusioned Wagner-in-Swiss-exile from the political sphere and stressing the undoubtedly important role of Arthur Schopenhauer. Such an 'either-or' approach seriously misrepresents not only Wagner's compositional method but also his intellectual method. It also sidelines inconvenient aspects of the dramas that fail to 'fit' whichever interpretation is selected. Wagner's tendency is not progressively to recant previous 'errors' in his oeuvre. Radical ideas are not completely replaced by a Schopenhauerian world-view, however loudly the composer might come to trumpet his apparent 'conversion'. Nor is Wagner's truly an Hegelian method, although Hegelian dialectic plays an important role. In fact, Wagner is in many ways not really a systematic thinker at all (which is not to portray him as self-consciously unsystematic in a Nietzschean, let alone 'post-modernist' fashion). His tendency, rather, is agglomerative,

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Musik Kommt Aus Der Stille

András Schiff Bärenreiter-Verlag Music

András Schiff ist einer der bedeutendsten Pianisten der Gegenwart. Gleichwohl bewegt er sich jenseits des Mainstreams: in seiner Art, über Musik zu sprechen, und in seiner unnachahmlichen Kunst, Musik aus der Stille heraus erklingen zu lassen. Internationale Beachtung hat er aber auch dadurch erfahren, dass er laut und deutlich öffentlich Stellung bezieht gegen nationalistische und rassistische Haltungen, und durch seine Weigerung, im Österreich Haiders oder im Ungarn Orbáns zu konzertieren. Im ersten Teil seines Buches gibt András Schiff in Gesprächen mit dem prominenten Feuilletonisten Martin Meyer Auskunft über seine künstlerischen Grundanschauungen, seine Spieltechniken und Interpretationsweisen und seine beruflichen Erfahrungen als Pianist und Dirigent. Im zweiten Teil erzählt er von seiner jüdischen Familie und seinem bewegten Leben zwischen der Erinnerung an den Holocaust und politischem Engagement in der Gegenwart, zwischen Kommunismus und globalem Kapitalismus, zwischen Budapest, London und Florenz, zwischen Bach und Kurtág. Die Essays bieten persönliche Porträts großer Künstler, heitere Texte, politische Beiträge und solche zur Interpretation zentraler Klavierwerke.

ISBN10 : 9783761871164 , ISBN13 : 3761871163

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The German Symphony Between Beethoven And Brahms

Christopher Fifield Routledge Music

It was Carl Dahlhaus who coined the phrase ’dead time’ to describe the state of the symphony between Schumann and Brahms. Christopher Fifield argues that many of the symphonies dismissed by Dahlhaus made worthy contributions to the genre. He traces the root of the problem further back to Beethoven’s ninth symphony, a work which then proceeded to intimidate symphonists who followed in its composer's footsteps, including Schubert, Mendelssohn and Schumann. In 1824 Beethoven set a standard that then had to rise in response to more demanding expectations from both audiences and the musical press. Christopher Fifield, who has a conductor’s intimacy with the repertory, looks in turn at the five decades between the mid-1820s and mid-1870s. He deals only with non-programmatic works, leaving the programme symphony to travel its own route to the symphonic poem. Composers who lead to Brahms (himself a reluctant symphonist until the age of 43 in 1876) are frequently dismissed as epigones of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Schumann but by investigating their symphonies, Fifield reveals their respective brands of originality, even their own possible influence upon Brahms himself and in so doing, shines a light into a half-century of neglected nineteenth century German symphonic music.

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