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Richard Wagner and His World

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Publisher : Princeton University Press
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ISBN 13 : 1400831784
Pages : 560 pages
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Download Richard Wagner and His World PDF Format Full Free by Thomas S. Grey and published by Princeton University Press. This book was released on 2009-07-27 with total page 560 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Richard Wagner (1813-1883) aimed to be more than just a composer. He set out to redefine opera as a "total work of art" combining the highest aspirations of drama, poetry, the symphony, the visual arts, even religion and philosophy. Equally celebrated and vilified in his own time, Wagner continues to provoke debate today regarding his political legacy as well as his music and aesthetic theories. Wagner and His World examines his works in their intellectual and cultural contexts. Seven original essays investigate such topics as music drama in light of rituals of naming in the composer's works and the politics of genre; the role of leitmotif in Wagner's reception; the urge for extinction in Tristan und Isolde as psychology and symbol; Wagner as his own stage director; his conflicted relationship with pianist-composer Franz Liszt; the anti-French satire Eine Kapitulation in the context of the Franco-Prussian War; and responses of Jewish writers and musicians to Wagner's anti-Semitism. In addition to the editor, the contributors are Karol Berger, Leon Botstein, Lydia Goehr, Kenneth Hamilton, Katherine Syer, and Christian Thorau. This book also includes translations of essays, reviews, and memoirs by champions and detractors of Wagner; glimpses into his domestic sphere in Tribschen and Bayreuth; and all of Wagner's program notes to his own works. Introductions and annotations are provided by the editor and David Breckbill, Mary A. Cicora, James Deaville, Annegret Fauser, Steven Huebner, David Trippett, and Nicholas Vazsonyi.


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Drama and the World of Richard Wagner

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Publisher : Princeton University Press
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ISBN 13 : 9780691114972
Pages : 430 pages
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Download Drama and the World of Richard Wagner PDF Format Full Free by Dieter Borchmeyer and published by Princeton University Press. This book was released on 2003-11-30 with total page 430 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Richard Wagner continues to be the most controversial artist in history, a perpetually troubling figure in our cultural consciousness. The unceasing debate over his works and their impact--for and against--is one reason why there has been no genuinely comprehensive modern account of his musical dramas until now. Dieter Borchmeyer's book is the first to present an overall picture of these musical dramas from the standpoint of literary and theatrical history. It extends from the composer's early works--still largely ignored--to the Ring Cycle and Parsifal, and includes Wagner's unfinished works and operas he never set to music. Through lively prose, we come to see Wagner as a librettist--and as a man of letters--rather than primarily as musical composer. Borchmeyer uncovers a vast field of cultural and historical cross-references in Wagner's works. In the first part of the book, he sets out in search of the various archetypal scenes, opening up the composer's dramatic workshop to the reader. He covers all of Wagner's operas, from early juvenilia to the canonical later works. The second part examines Wagner in relation to political figures including King Ludwig II and Bismarck, and, importantly, in light of critical reactions by literary giants--Thomas Mann, whom Borchmeyer calls "a guiding light in this exploration of the fields that Wagner tilled," and Nietzsche, whose appeal to "philology" is a key source of inspiration in attempts to grapple with Wagner's works. For more than twenty years, Borchmeyer has placed his scholarship at the service of the famed Bayreuth Festival. With this volume, he gives us a summation of decades of engagement with the phenomenon of Wagner and, at the same time, the result of an abiding critical passion for his works.


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Drama and the World of Richard Wagner

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Publisher : Princeton University Press
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ISBN 13 : 0691114978
Pages : 403 pages
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Download Drama and the World of Richard Wagner PDF Format Full Free by Dieter Borchmeyer and published by Princeton University Press. This book was released on 2003-11-30 with total page 403 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Richard Wagner continues to be the most controversial artist in history, a perpetually troubling figure in our cultural consciousness. The unceasing debate over his works and their impact--for and against--is one reason why there has been no genuinely comprehensive modern account of his musical dramas until now. Dieter Borchmeyer's book is the first to present an overall picture of these musical dramas from the standpoint of literary and theatrical history. It extends from the composer's early works--still largely ignored--to the Ring Cycle and Parsifal, and includes Wagner's unfinished works and operas he never set to music. Through lively prose, we come to see Wagner as a librettist--and as a man of letters--rather than primarily as musical composer. Borchmeyer uncovers a vast field of cultural and historical cross-references in Wagner's works. In the first part of the book, he sets out in search of the various archetypal scenes, opening up the composer's dramatic workshop to the reader. He covers all of Wagner's operas, from early juvenilia to the canonical later works. The second part examines Wagner in relation to political figures including King Ludwig II and Bismarck, and, importantly, in light of critical reactions by literary giants--Thomas Mann, whom Borchmeyer calls "a guiding light in this exploration of the fields that Wagner tilled," and Nietzsche, whose appeal to "philology" is a key source of inspiration in attempts to grapple with Wagner's works. For more than twenty years, Borchmeyer has placed his scholarship at the service of the famed Bayreuth Festival. With this volume, he gives us a summation of decades of engagement with the phenomenon of Wagner and, at the same time, the result of an abiding critical passion for his works.


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The Sorcerer of Bayreuth

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Publisher : Oxford University Press
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ISBN 13 : 0199986959
Pages : 320 pages
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Download The Sorcerer of Bayreuth PDF Format Full Free by Barry Millington and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2012-10-29 with total page 320 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Richard Wagner (1813-1883) is one of the most influential - and also one of the most controversial - composers in the history of music. Over the course of his long career, he produced a stream of spellbinding works that challenged musical convention through their richness and tonal experimentation, ultimately paving the way for modernism. This book presents an in-depth but easy-to-read overview of Wagner's life, work and times. It considers a wide range of themes, including the composer's original sources of inspiration; his fetish for exotic silks; his relationship with his wife, Cosima, and with his mistress, Mathilde Wesendonck; the anti-semitism that is undeniably present in the operas; their proto-cinematic nature; and the turbulent legacy both of the Bayreuth Festival and of Wagnerism itself. Making use of the very latest scholarship - much of it undertaken by the author himself in connection with his editorship of The Wagner Journal - Millington reassesses received notions about Wagner and his work, demolishing ill-informed opinion in favour of proper critical understanding. It is a radical - and occasionally controversial - reappraisal of this most perplexing of composers. The volume's arrangement - unique among books on the composer -combines an accessible text, intriguing images and original documents, thus ensuring a consistently fresh approach. Bringing new insights to an endlessly fascinating subject, The Sorcerer of Bayreuth will charm anyone interested in music and in the wider cultural life of the 19th century and beyond.


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Richard Wagner and the Anti-Semitic Imagination

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Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
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ISBN 13 : 9780803297920
Pages : 472 pages
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Download Richard Wagner and the Anti-Semitic Imagination PDF Format Full Free by Marc A. Weiner and published by U of Nebraska Press. This book was released on 1997-01-01 with total page 472 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book addresses one of the most hotly contested debates in contemporary cultural life: the question of how anti-Semitism figures in the operas of Richard Wagner. Until now, scholars have generally acknowledged Wagner's anti-Semitism but have argued that it is irrelevant to the operas themselves. Marc A. Weiner challenges that traditional view by asserting that anti-Semitism is a crucial, pervasive feature in Wagner's operas. Weiner argues that the operas exemplify and contribute to a vast collection of images that are patently anti-Semitic - and that were readily recognized as such by nineteenth-century German audiences. These images were associated particularly with the body. Through a careful examination of Wagner's music, libretti, and stage directions, Weiner reconstructs iconographies of corporeal images - iconographies of the eye, voice, smell, gait, and sexuality - that were essential to the operas and were "associated with anti-Semitism and the longing for an imagined German community".


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Richard Wagner

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Publisher : McFarland
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ISBN 13 : 0786445440
Pages : 229 pages
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Download Richard Wagner PDF Format Full Free by John Louis DiGaetani and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2013-12-19 with total page 229 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This is a new biography of the German composer Richard Wagner, 200 years after his birth, re-examining his life in light of new documents and new sensibilities. Since World War II Wagner has often been wrongly associated with Adolf Hitler because Hitler liked Wagner's music and used it in Nazi propaganda. But Wagner died in 1883--fifty years before Hitler's regime. It is time to have a fresh look at Wagner's life without the Nazi associations. His life was a series of abandonments and traumas for the self-destructive but creative genius, as he tried to survive as a freelance composer in the hostile environments of 19th century Germany.


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Richard Wagner

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Publisher : Yale University Press
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ISBN 13 : 9780300104226
Pages : 726 pages
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Download Richard Wagner PDF Format Full Free by Joachim Köhler and published by Yale University Press. This book was released on 2004-01-01 with total page 726 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This major new biography of Richard Wagner is iconoclastic, astringent and bold. It explores the philosophical roots of Wagner's work, which the composer himself deliberately obfuscated. It re-evaluates Wagner's relationships with his mother, step-father and - most revealingly - his wife, Cosima, standing received opinion on its head. And he meets head on, and confirms, the controversy over Wagner's anti-semitism. At the same time, and notwithstanding, Kohler profoundly acknowledges Wagner's genius.


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Theology of Wagner's Ring Cycle I

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Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
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ISBN 13 : 1498235638
Pages : 342 pages
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Download Theology of Wagner's Ring Cycle I PDF Format Full Free by Richard H. Bell and published by Wipf and Stock Publishers. This book was released on 2020-01-21 with total page 342 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Wagner’s Ring is one of the greatest of all artworks of Western civilization, but what is it all about? The power and mystery of Wagner’s creation was such that he himself felt he stood before his work “as though before some puzzle.” A clue to the Ring’s greatness lies in its multiple avenues of self-disclosure and the corresponding plethora of interpretations that over the years has granted ample scope for directors and will no doubt do so well into the distant future. One possible interpretation, which Richard Bell argues should be taken seriously, is the Ring as Christian theology. In this first of two volumes, Bell considers, among other things, how the composer’s Christian interests may be detected in the “forging” of his Ring, looking at how he appropriated his sources (whether they be myths and sagas, writers, poets, or philosophers) and considering works composed around the same time, especially his Jesus of Nazareth.


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The Life of Richard Wagner

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Publisher : Cambridge University Press
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ISBN 13 : 1108007724
Pages : 805 pages
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Download The Life of Richard Wagner PDF Format Full Free by Ernest Newman and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2014-03-20 with total page 805 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Newman's Life of Wagner, published between 1933 and 1947, the culmination of forty years' research, is a classic biography.


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Richard Wagner's Women

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Publisher : Boydell & Brewer Ltd
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ISBN 13 : 1843836858
Pages : 250 pages
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Download Richard Wagner's Women PDF Format Full Free by Eva Rieger and published by Boydell & Brewer Ltd. This book was released on 2011 with total page 250 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Looks at the life of composer Richard Wagner, showing how the women he loved inspired the music he created.


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New Studies in Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung

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Publisher : Edwin Mellen Press
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ISBN 13 : 9780889464452
Pages : 204 pages
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Download New Studies in Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung PDF Format Full Free by Edwin Mellen Press and published by Edwin Mellen Press. This book was released on 1991 with total page 204 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This volume comprises papers presented at the 1988 Wagner conference in Seattle exploring this opera cycle as music, myth, theatre art, and literature, including comparisons with T. S. Eliot's The Wasteland and James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake.


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The Consolations of History: Themes of Progress and Potential in Richard Wagner’s Gotterdammerung

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Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN 13 : 1000672808
Pages : 178 pages
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Download The Consolations of History: Themes of Progress and Potential in Richard Wagner’s Gotterdammerung PDF Format Full Free by Alexander H. Shapiro and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2019-10-16 with total page 178 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this book on Richard Wagner’s compelling but enigmatic masterpiece Götterdämmerung, the final opera of his monumental Ring tetralogy, Alexander H. Shapiro advances an ambitious new interpretation which uncovers intriguing new facets to the work’s profound insights into the human condition. By taking a fresh look at the philosophical and historical influences on Wagner, and critically reevaluating the composer’s intellectual worldview as revealed in his own prose works, letters, and diary entries, the book challenges a number of conventional views that continue to impede a clear understanding of this work’s meaning. The book argues that Götterdämmerung, and hence the Ring as a whole, achieves coherence when interpreted in terms of contemporary nineteenth-century theories of progress, and, in particular, G.W.F. Hegel’s philosophies of mind and history. A central target of the book is the article of faith that has come to dominate Wagner scholarship over the years – that Wagner’s encounter in 1854 with Arthur Schopenhauer’s philosophy conclusively altered the final message of the Ring from one of historical optimism to existential pessimism. The author contends that Schopenhauer’s uncompromising denigration of the will and denial of the possibility for human progress find no place in the written text of the Ring or in a plausible reading of the final musical setting. In its place, the author discovers in the famous Immolation Scene a celebration of mankind’s inexhaustible capacity for self-improvement and progress. The author makes the further compelling case that this message of progress is communicated not through Siegfried, the traditional male hero of the drama, but through Brünnhilde, the warrior goddess who becomes a mortal woman. In her role as a battle-tested world-historical prophet she is the true revolutionary change agent of Wagner’s opera who has the strength and vision to comprehend and thereby shape human history. This highly lucid and accessible study is aimed not only at scholars and researchers in the fields of opera studies, music and philosophy, and music history, but also Wagner enthusiasts, and readers and students interested in the history and philosophy of the nineteenth century.


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The Total Work of Art

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Publisher : Berghahn Books
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ISBN 13 : 178533185X
Pages : 300 pages
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Download The Total Work of Art PDF Format Full Free by David Imhoof and published by Berghahn Books. This book was released on 2016-07-01 with total page 300 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: For two centuries, Gesamtkunstwerk—the ideal of the “total work of art”—has exerted a powerful influence over artistic discourse and practice, spurring new forms of collaboration and provoking debates over the political instrumentalization of art. Despite its popular conflation with the work of Richard Wagner, Gesamtkunstwerk’s lineage and legacies extend well beyond German Romanticism, as this wide-ranging collection demonstrates. In eleven compact chapters, scholars from a variety of disciplines trace the idea’s evolution in German-speaking Europe, from its foundations in the early nineteenth century to its manifold articulations and reimaginings in the twentieth century and beyond, providing an uncommonly broad perspective on a distinctly modern cultural form.


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Operas in German

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Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
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ISBN 13 : 1442247975
Pages : 1046 pages
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Download Operas in German PDF Format Full Free by Margaret Ross Griffel and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This book was released on 2018-01-23 with total page 1046 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: With nearly three thousand new entries, the revised edition of Operas in German: A Dictionary is the most current encyclopedic treatment of operas written specifically to a German text from the seventeenth century through 2016. Musicologist Margaret Ross Griffel details the operas’ composers, scores, librettos, first performances, and bibliographic sources. Four appendixes then list composers, librettists, authors whose works inspired or were adapted for the opera librettos, and a chronological listing of the entries in the A–Z section. The bibliography details other dictionaries and encyclopedias, performance studies, collections of plot summaries, general studies on operas, sources on locales where opera premieres took place, works on the history of operas in German, and selective volumes on individual opera composers, librettists, producers, directors, and designers. Finally, two indexes list the main characters in each opera and the names of singers, conductors, producers, composers, directors, choreographers, and arrangers. The revised edition of Operas in German provides opera historians, musicologists, performers, and opera lovers with an invaluable resource for continued study and enjoyment. As the most current encyclopedic collection of German opera from the seventeenth century through the twenty-first, Operas in German is an invaluable resource for opera historians, musicologists, performers, and opera lovers.


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Wagner, Schumann, and the Lessons of Beethoven's Ninth

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Publisher : Univ of California Press
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ISBN 13 : 0520960971
Pages : 232 pages
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Download Wagner, Schumann, and the Lessons of Beethoven's Ninth PDF Format Full Free by Christopher Alan Reynolds and published by Univ of California Press. This book was released on 2015-04-24 with total page 232 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this original study, Christopher Alan Reynolds examines the influence of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on two major nineteenth-century composers, Richard Wagner and Robert Schumann. During 1845–46 the compositional styles of Schumann and Wagner changed in a common direction, toward a style that was more contrapuntal, more densely motivic, and engaged in processes of thematic transformation. Reynolds shows that the stylistic advances that both composers made in Dresden in 1845–46 stemmed from a deepened understanding of Beethoven’s techniques and strategies in the Ninth Symphony. The evidence provided by their compositions from this pivotal year and the surrounding years suggests that they discussed Beethoven’s Ninth with each other in the months leading up to the performance of this work, which Wagner conducted on Palm Sunday in 1846. Two primary aspects that appear to have interested them both are Beethoven’s use of counterpoint involving contrary motion and his gradual development of the "Ode to Joy" melody through the preceding movements. Combining a novel examination of the historical record with careful readings of the music, Reynolds adds further layers to this argument, speculating that Wagner and Schumann may not have come to these discoveries entirely independently of each other. The trail of influences that Reynolds explores extends back to the music of Bach and ahead to Tristan and Isolde, as well as to Brahms’s First Symphony.


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Wagner and Venice Fictionalized

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Publisher : University Rochester Press
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ISBN 13 : 1580464106
Pages : 372 pages
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Download Wagner and Venice Fictionalized PDF Format Full Free by John W. Barker and published by University Rochester Press. This book was released on 2012 with total page 372 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The first account of how Wagner's last years and his death in Venice have been mythologized in novels and other works of the creative imagination.


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Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer

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Publisher : Cambridge University Press
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ISBN 13 : 9780521587631
Pages : 244 pages
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Download Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer PDF Format Full Free by Thomas S. Grey and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2000-10-12 with total page 244 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An opera handbook on one of Richard Wagner's most popular operatic masterpieces.