The Resource Bayreuth : a history of the Wagner festival, Frederic Spotts

Bayreuth : a history of the Wagner festival, Frederic Spotts

Label
Bayreuth : a history of the Wagner festival
Title
Bayreuth
Title remainder
a history of the Wagner festival
Statement of responsibility
Frederic Spotts
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Germany's cultural glory - Germany's political shame: the opera festival established by Richard Wagner in 1876 is one of the most intriguing phenomena of modern European cultural history. The oldest and best known of music festivals, Bayreuth was from the beginning not simply a place for model performances of Wagner's works but equally the centre of an ideological cult, with the Festspielhaus its sacred shrine and audiences its devout pilgrims
  • This book is the first to provide a frank and comprehensive account of the institutions's history and functioning. The core of the study is a critical analysis of the performances and productions, brought alive with illustrations of stage settings, conductors and singers in costume. Around this artistic history is woven the remarkable story of why Wagner established the Festival and how his controversial descendants have managed it after him. At the same time the book traces Bayreuth's connection with the political fate of the German nation. It explains why the Festival became enmeshed in nationalism, racism and fascism until it was ultimately debased into what Thomas Mann labelled 'Hitler's court theatre'. The work concludes with a discussion of the postwar revolutionary productions of Wagner's operas that eventually liberated Bayreuth from its disgraceful political associations and that have made it the most exciting of operatic institutions
  • Exploring the links among Wagner's art, the Festival, the personalities of the Wagner dynasty and Germany's ideological development, this provocative study provides compelling reading not only for Wagner enthusiasts but also for anyone interested in European intellectual history since the mid-nineteenth century
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
ML410.W2
LC item number
S6 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Bayreuth : a history of the Wagner festival, Frederic Spotts
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-322) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 90
  • 4
  • 'Oh, Siegfried! I was always yours'
  • 123
  • 5
  • 'Thus evil enters this house'
  • 159
  • 6
  • 'All that lives and soon must die'
  • 189
  • 1
  • 7
  • 'Marvel upon marvel now appears'
  • 212
  • 8
  • 'It's mine and I'm keeping it'
  • 248
  • 9
  • 'Do you know what you saw?'
  • 273
  • 'Strong and fair, see it stand'
  • 29
  • 2
  • 'The eternal work is done'
  • 55
  • 3
  • 'Here I sit, on alert, guarding the home'
Control code
29029682
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
x, 334 pages
Isbn
9780300066654
Lccn
93036805
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)29029682

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