In addition to being an outstanding composer, Richard Wagner used to be additionally an incredible thinker. Julian younger starts off via studying the philosophy of artwork and society Wagner constructs in the course of his time as a innovative anarchist-communist. Modernity, Wagner argued, is to be rescued from its present anomie throughout the rebirth of Greek tragedy (the unique Gesamtkunstwerk) within the kind of the “artwork of the future," an paintings of which his personal operas are the prototype.

Young then examines the solely diverse philosophy Wagner constructs after his 1854 conversion from Hegelian optimism to Schopenhauerian pessimism. “Redemption” now turns into, no longer a destiny utopia during this global, yet fairly “transfigured” lifestyles in one other global, possible purely via dying. Viewing Wagner’s operas in the course of the lens of his philosophy, the e-book deals usually novel interpretations of Lohengrin, The Ring cycle, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger, and Parsifal.

Finally, younger clothes the reason for Friedrich Nietzsche’s transformation from Wagner’s intimate pal and disciple into his such a lot savage critic. Nietzsche’s basic accusation, it truly is argued, is one in every of betrayal: that Wagner betrayed his early, “life maintaining” philosophy of artwork and existence in prefer of “life-denial." Nietzsche’s statement and the ultimate end of the publication is that our job, now, is to “become higher Wagnerians than Wagner.”

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WN at the Will in Nature. Trans. E. F. J. Payne. ny: Berg, 1992. WR the realm as Will and illustration. 2 vols. Trans. E. F. J. Payne. long island: Dover, 1969. NIETZSCHE’S WORKS With admire to Nietzsche’s released works, numerals refer continuously to sections, now not pages. With appreciate to his unpublished notebooks, numerals seek advice from computing device entries, no longer pages, and with appreciate to his letters, they seek advice from letters, now not pages. Abbreviations ix AO varied critiques and Maxims. In Human, All Too Human, ed. E. Heller, trans. R. Hollingdale. Cambridge: Cambridge college Press, 1986. BGE past stable and Evil. Ed. R. -P. Horstmann and J. Norman, trans. J. Norman. Cambridge: Cambridge college Press, 2002. BT The beginning of Tragedy. within the delivery of Tragedy and different Writings, ed. R. Geuss and R. Speirs, trans. R. Spears. Cambridge: Cambridge college Press, 1999. CW The Case of Wagner: A Musician’s challenge. within the AntiChrist, Ecce Homo, Twilight of the Idols and different Writings, ed. A. Ridley, trans J. Norman. Cambridge: Cambridge collage Press, 2005. EH Ecce Homo. within the Anti-Christ, Ecce Homo, Twilight of the Idols and different Writings, ed. A. Ridley, trans J. Norman. Cambridge: Cambridge collage Press, 2005. GM at the family tree of Morals. Ed. ok. Ansell-Pearson, trans. C. Diethe. Cambridge: Cambridge collage Press, 1994. GS The homosexual technological know-how. Ed. B. Williams, trans. J. Naukhoff. Cambridge: Cambridge collage Press, 2001. HH Human, All-Too-Human. In Human, All Too Human, ed. E. Heller, trans. R. Hollingdale. Cambridge: Cambridge college Press, 1986. HKG Friedrich Nietzsche: Werke und Briefe: Historisch-kritische Gesamtausgabe. Vol. II. Ed. Hans Joachim Mette. Munich: Beck, 1933. KGB Nietzsche Briefwechsel: Kritische Gesamtausgabe. 25 vols. Ed. G. Colli and M. Montinari. Berlin: de Gruyter, 1975–2004. KSA Kritische Studienausgabe. 15 vols. Eds. G. Colli and M. Montinari. Berlin: de Gruyter, 1999. NCW Nietzsche contra Wagner. within the moveable Nietzsche, ed. and trans. W. Kaufmann. big apple: Viking, 1954. TI Twilight of the Idols. within the Anti-Christ, Ecce Homo, Twilight of the Idols and different Writings, ed. A. Ridley, trans J. Norman. Cambridge: Cambridge college Press, 2005. UM premature Meditations. Ed. D. Breazeale, trans. R. Hollingdale. Cambridge: Cambridge college Press, 1997. x Abbreviations WB Wagner in Bayreuth. In premature Meditations, ed. D. Breazeale, trans. R. Hollingdale. Cambridge: Cambridge collage Press, 1997. ZT therefore Spoke Zarathustra. Ed. and trans. G. Parkes. ny: Oxford collage Press, 2005. Acknowledgments This ebook grew out of a “Wagner and Philosophy” direction I co-taught with my musicologist colleague and buddy, David Levy, at Wake wooded area collage through the fall semester of 2010 and back throughout the spring semester of 2013. i'm drastically in David’s debt either for crucial musicological wisdom and for his stimulating demanding situations to a lot of my interpretations of Wagner’s operas. This e-book wouldn't have come into being with no him. xi Introduction Wagner has many facets. Composer, conductor, inventor of musical tools, poet, theater dressmaker, impresario, and self-marketer, he was once additionally— such is the argument of this book—a thinker.

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