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Versuch über Wagner (original 1952; edition 1974)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0860917967, Paperback)
This new edition includes a lengthy foreword by Slavoj Zizek, entitled "Why is Wagner worth saving?"
Richard Wagner's works are among the most controversial in the history of European music because of their powerful aesthetic qualities and, in wider political terms, because of their eventual assimilation into the official culture of the Third Reich.
This concise synoptic account by the most brilliant exponent of Frankfurt School Marxism subtly interweaves these artistic and ideological qualities. It provides deft musicological analyses of Wagner's scores and of his compositional techniques, orchestration and staging methods, quoting copiously from the music dramas themselves. At the same time it offers incisive reflections on Wagner's social character and the ideological impulses of his artistic activity.
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