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  • Richard Wagner, Fritz Lang, and the Nibelungenby David J. Levin

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 35.00

    This highly original book draws on narrative and film theory, psychoanalysis, and musicology to explore the relationship between aesthetics and anti-Semitism in two controversial landmarks in German culture. David Levin argues that Richard Wagner's opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen and Fritz Lang's 1920s film Die Nibelungen creatively exploit... more...

  • Metaphysical Songby Gary Tomlinson

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 39.95

    In this bold recasting of operatic history, Gary Tomlinson connects opera to shifting visions of metaphysics and selfhood across the last four hundred years. The operatic voice, he maintains, has always acted to open invisible, supersensible realms to the perceptions of its listeners. In doing so, it has articulated changing relations between the... more...

  • Siren Songsby Mary Ann Smart

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 35.00

    It has long been argued that opera is all about sex. Siren Songs is the first collection of articles devoted to exploring the impact of this sexual obsession, and of the power relations that come with it, on the music, words, and staging of opera. Here a distinguished and diverse group of musicologists, literary critics, and feminist scholars address... more...

  • In Search of Operaby Carolyn Abbate

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 35.00

    In her new book, Carolyn Abbate considers the nature of operatic performance and the acoustic images of performance present in operas from Monteverdi to Ravel. Paying tribute to music's realization by musicians and singers, she argues that operatic works are indelibly bound to the contingency of live singing, playing, and staging. She seeks a middle... more...

  • Mad Lovesby Heather Hadlock

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 67.50

    In a lively exploration of Jacques Offenbach's final masterpiece, Heather Hadlock shows how Les Contes d'Hoffmann summed up not only the composer's career but also a century of Romantic culture. A strange fusion of irony and profundity, frivolity and nightmare, the opera unfolds as a series of dreamlike episodes, peopled by such archetypes as the... more...

  • Tannhäuserby Karin Tebben

    Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2010; US$ 46.73

    Tannhäuser: Seit mehr als achthundert Jahren bewegt der regelwidrige Minnesänger die Gemüter ? und die ihm nachfolgende Dichtung. Sein Name wurde zum Markenzeichen eines exzentrischen Künstlertypus, der seine Fehde mit den herrschenden Normen der Zeit bis an die Grenzen der Selbstzerstörung auszutragen bereit war. Tannhäusers Attacken richteten sich... more...

  • A Book of Operasby Henry Krehbiel

    ReadHowYouWant 2009; US$ 4.99

    A delightful book about the history of operas. Krehbiel uses musical excerpts to make his work more charming and hypnotic. Mesmerizing! more...

  • Wagner and Beethovenby Klaus Kropfinger; Peter Palmer

    Cambridge University Press 1991; US$ 125.00

    This book analyses the lifelong impact of Beethoven's music on Wagner and its importance for his conception of music drama. more...

  • Stravinsky: Oedipus Rexby Stephen Walsh

    Cambridge University Press 1993; US$ 30.00

    This clear and concise guide is the first ever to be written on this work and it describes the music and its staging in close detail. more...

  • Beethovenby George Fischer

    Andrews UK 2010; US$ 6.99

    This short biography of the famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven details his life, his works and gives the reader an interesting guide to the style that defined this master of symphonies and other musical works. It also discusses the influence he had on Wagner's style. This version has been specifically edited and formatted for today's e-readers,... more...