[UCP Books]: Richard Wagner: A Life in Music
“Martin Geck’s major new study of Wagner’s oeuvre moves at a fast but engaging pace. . . . The book is studded with historical insights, not least because Geck capitalizes on little-known diary entries, letters, and documentary evidence that imbue his readings with genuinely fresh perspectives.”
Laurence Dreyfus, author of Wagner and the Erotic Impulse
A Life in Music
Translated by Stewart Spencer
|Publication date: October 15, 2013||Cloth $35.00/£24.50|
|International publication date: October 28, 2013||ISBN-13: 978-0-226-92461-8|
Best known for the challenging four-opera cycle The Ring of the Nibelung, Richard Wagner (1813–83) was a conductor, librettist, theater director, and essayist, in addition to being the composer of some of the most enduring operatic works in history. Though his influence on the development of European music is indisputable, Wagner was also quite outspoken on the politics and culture of his time. His ideas traveled beyond musical circles into philosophy, literature, theater staging, and the visual arts. To befit such a dynamic figure, acclaimed biographer Martin Geck offers here a Wagner biography unlike any other, one that strikes a unique balance between the technical musical aspects of Wagner’s compositions and his overarching understanding of aesthetics.