Jesus of Nazareth and Other Writings

Front Cover
U of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 1995 - Music - 441 pages
Near the end of his life, Richard Wagner supervised the publication of his collected writings, providing an extensive view of his thoughts about art and politics from his youth to his final period of triumph. After his death, there was still more to be told: his admirers discovered a large number of writings he had forgotten, misplaced, never published, or had chosen to omit from his collected works. This volume, the last of eight volumes now reprinted by the University of Nebraska Press, collects the most illuminating of those works.ÝThe title work, ?Jesus of Nazareth,? was written in 1848 or 1849; its composition coincided with the most widespread revolutionary ferment seen in Europe. It expresses Wagner?s own revolutionary ideals, thoroughly justified (or so he thought) by Jesus and the early Church. At the time Wagner considered Jesus as a revolutionary leader whose struggles with authority and traditions were much like his own.

The opening work is ?Siegfried?s Death,? a poem written in 1848 that set the tone for his most famous operatic work, the tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen. Whole sections of the poem were later incorporated into the fourth Ring opera, Gotterdammerung, but the differences are as revealing as the carryover. ÝThe essays that Wagner published in journals but saw fit to exclude from his Gesammelte Schriften might have embarrassed the elderly sage but are key documents to Wagner?s activities in his revolutionary period. For example, his ardently prorevolutionary essay, ?The Revolution,? would have displeased the wealthy patrons of his later years.ÝThis edition includes the full text of volume 8 of the translation of Wagner?s works published in 1899 for the London Wagner Society.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

ON GERMAN Opera
55
PARISIAN AMUSEMENTS
70
PARISIAN FATALITIES FOR THE GERMAN
87
LETTERS FROM PARIS 1841
108
HAL…VY AND LA REINE DE CHYPRE
175
JOTTINGS ON THE NINTH SYMPHONY
201
GREETING FROM SAXONY TO THE VIENNESE
215
THE REVOLUTION
232
POSTHUMOUS
249
SUMMARY
399
INDEX
409
GENERAL CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE OF THE CONTENTS
430
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1995)

Composer and conductor Richard Wagner (1813-83) is best known for his four-opera classic, The Ring. Unlike most other composers, Wagner wrote both the scenario and libretto for his operas.

Bibliographic information