Wagner's Ring Cycle and the Greeks

Wagner's Ring Cycle and the Greeks

eBook - 2010
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Through his reading of primary and secondary classical sources, as well as his theoretical writings, Richard Wagner developed a Hegelian-inspired theory linking the evolution of classical Greek politics and poetry. This book demonstrates how, by turning theory into practice, Wagner used this evolutionary paradigm to shape the music and the libretto of the Ring cycle. Foster describes how each of the Ring's operas represents a particular phase of Greek poetic and political development: Das Rheingold and Die Walkre create epic national identity in its earlier and later stages respectively; Siegfried expresses lyric personal identity; and Gtterdmmerung destructively culminates with a tragi-comedy about civic identity. This study sees the Greeks through the lens of those scholars whose work influenced Wagner most, focusing on epic, lyric, and comedy, as well as Greek tragedy. Most significantly, the book interrogates the ways in which Wagner uses Greek aesthetics to further his own ideological goals.
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780511682728
0511682727
9780511686153
0511686153
9780511681660
0511681666
9780511677175
0511677170
9786612536120
6612536128
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xx, 377 p.) : ill., music
Alternative Title: Ring cycle and the Greeks

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