By Klaus Kropfinger
This publication analyzes the lifelong effect of Beethoven's tune on Wagner and its significance for his perception of song drama. Kropfinger charts and scrutinizes Wagner's early responses to the composer and considers his adventure as a conductor of Beethoven's track. A dialogue of the Romantic "Beethoven picture" results in a cautious examine of Wagner's aesthetic writings, together with his "programmatic explanations," the textual content "Concerning Franz Liszt's symphonic poems," and his Beethoven centenary essay. The penultimate bankruptcy addresses Wagner's thought and perform of tune drama, which he got here to treat because the preordained successor to the Beethoven symphony. by means of reading unique terms--such as "Leitmotiv"--Wagner's structural view of musical drama involves the fore; it's a view that deepens not just our realizing of musical drama as a "hybrid" style of artwork but additionally of in simple terms musical constitution and kinds that Wagner sought to outdo.