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The Trouble with Wagner

Michael P. Steinberg

Abstract

Written from the dual perspective of a cultural/music historian and a dramaturg who worked on the bicentennial production of The Ring of the Nibelung at La Scala Milan and the Berlin State Opera, The Trouble with Wagner engages the deep politics and aesthetics of Wagner's music dramas as well as the responsibility of the stage to bring them both to the visible surface. An introductory chapter seeks an original understanding of the historical, philosophical, ideological, and formal foundations of Wagner's works. The four central chapters focus on the four works of the Ring cycle. An afterword p ... More

Keywords: Richard Wagner, Ring of the Nibelung, music and politics, post-secular

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226594194
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226594224.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael P. Steinberg, author
Brown University