Wagner's Musical Prose: Texts and Contexts (New Perspectives by Thomas S. Grey

By Thomas S. Grey

This e-book is a learn of the prose writings of Richard Wagner and their relevance to an knowing of his song and drama, in addition to their relation to tune feedback and aesthetics within the 19th century typically. It seems at valuable subject matters in his writings, reminiscent of philosophies of musical shape and that means, Wagner's metaphors and terminology, and connects them with research of track from his personal operas and works through different composers reminiscent of Beethoven and Berlioz approximately whom Wagner wrote.

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On the other hand, while Wagner may have inveighed there against "absolute" music and anything else carrying that predicate, that did not mean he felt obligated to renounce a conviction in the mysterious, ineffable, transcendent attributes of the "language of tones" - only that he was now intent on 36 37 See Dahlhaus, The Idea of Absolute Music, 74. J. C. Lobe, "Einige Gedanke uber die malende Instrumentalmusik," Neue Zeitschrift furMusik22Al (1845), 169. 24 Content and/or/as form demonstrating the necessity of grounding this language in the allimportant element of the "purely human" experience or consciousness.

The demonstration of such a content, however, was generally limited to bald assertions of the semantic value of musical figures or appeals to rhetorical analogies. An aesthetics of feeling was also likely to invoke the image of form as a "container" in which a volatile, ethereal content of feelings was somehow captured and preserved. Wackenroder extended this image to all the arts in speaking of them as "monstrances" for the preservation of 34 35 G. W. F. Hegel, Vorlesungen fiber die Asthetik, in Hegel, Werke, ed.

What, in God's name, do these forms amount to, if not filled by such content as this? They are reduced to a state of wretched poverty, small and meaningless in the extreme, completely unsuited to the expression of any genuine perceptions {geistiger Anschauungen)" (XII, 142). Musical content, in this sense, is comprised of melodic ideas, rhythmic gestures, an occasional harmonic piquancy, or an inspired touch of orchestration that "fill" the conventional periodic designs, cadential formulae, strophic and ternary models, or piecemeal concatenations of the larger ensemble structures.

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