9780802095732-0802095739-Wagner and the Wonder of Art: An Introduction to Die Meistersinger

Wagner and the Wonder of Art: An Introduction to Die Meistersinger

ISBN-13: 9780802095732
ISBN-10: 0802095739
Edition: 1
Author: Lee, M. Owen
Publication date: 2007
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Format: Paperback 152 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780802095732
ISBN-10: 0802095739
Edition: 1
Author: Lee, M. Owen
Publication date: 2007
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Format: Paperback 152 pages

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Acknowledged authors Lee, M. Owen wrote Wagner and the Wonder of Art: An Introduction to Die Meistersinger comprising 152 pages back in 2007. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0802095739 and 9780802095732. Since then Wagner and the Wonder of Art: An Introduction to Die Meistersinger textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger has always called forth superlatives from those who have fallen under its spell. Toscanini wanted to lay his baton down for the last time only after he had conducted a performance of it. Paderewski called it 'the greatest work of genius ever achieved by any artist in any field of human endeavour.' H.L. Mencken declared, 'It took more skill to plan and write it than it took to plan and write the whole canon of Shakespeare.'

And yet Wagner's many-splendoured comedy has come under severe criticism in recent years for what has been called its 'dark underside,' its 'fascist brutality,' and its 'ugly anti-Semitism.' In Wagner and the Wonder of Art, renowned opera expert M. Owen Lee addresses that criticism. He also provides an introduction to the opera and an analysis that will surprise even those veteran operagoers who may not have explored the work's intricate structure and the emotional drama at its centre. The book includes the on-air commentary that Father Lee gave during the first radio broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera after the events of 9/11. He thought it necessary, after attempting to refute the charges leveled against Wagner's opera, to say something about its truthfulness, its life-affirming music, its insight into the madness that can destroy human lives, and its witness to the importance of art for the survival of our civilizations.

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