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Author Kirby, F. E.

Title Wagner's themes : a study in musical expression / F.E. Kirby.

Imprint Warren, Mich. : Harmonie Park Press, c2004.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    782.1092 WAGN KIR    Available
Description xii, 232 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Series Detroit monographs in musicology/Studies in music; no. 41
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [215]-222) and indexes.
Contents Introduction. Preliminaries ; Reminiscence themes and leitmotivs in opera ; What Wagner had to say about themes and expressivity ; Arguments con and pro ; History of reminiscence themes and leitmotivs in opera ; Principles of musical expression ; Typologies. -- Reminiscence themes in Wagner's early operas. The first three operas ; Der fliegende Holländer ; Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf der Wartburg ; Lohengrin. -- Leitmotivs in Der Ring des Nibelungen. Nature and the good ; Evil ; Strength and power ; Death and fate ; Magic and the supernatural: The Misterioso ; Emotions: joy, sorrow and suffering, fear, love and passion ; Abiding love: the Gods and Volsungs ; Abiding love: Brünnhilde and Siegfried ; World inheritance ; Passion. -- Leitmotivs in Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Parsifal. Tristan und Isolde ; Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg ; Parsifal. -- Varied recapitulation and conclusion. Conventional musical types: Emotion ; Other affective musical types ; Functional types ; Literary aesthetic, and moral types ; Types from traditional (folk) music. -- Index of reminiscence themes and leitmotivs in Wagner's dramatic works.
Subject Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883. Operas.
Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883 -- Themes, motives.
Operas -- Analysis, appreciation.
ISBN 0899901182 (alk. paper)

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