Overture Opera Guides: Overture Opera Guides: Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner (A Dual-Language Book/Parallel Text Book)
Der fliegende Holländer is the first of Wagner’s operas that the author considered to be representative of his mature style. The Dutchman embodies one of the major themes that recur throughout Wagner’s work, that of a central character seeking redemption from a loving woman. Originally taken from a story by Heinrich Heine, Wagner extended and enriched his musical and dramaturgical language to produce an opera of extraordinary power.
An essay in the guide places the opera in the context of emerging German Romanticism and another highlights the musical riches of the score. A further article explores the emerging importance of myth to Wagner and his contemporaries. As well as a detailed description of the work’s performance history, Wagner’s own instructions to his performers and his programme note about the overture are also included. Illustrations, a thematic guide, the full libretto with English translation and reference sections are also included.
Overture Opera Guides: Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner (A Dual-Language Book/Parallel Text Book) - About the Author:
Richard Wagner (1813-83) was a composer who drew inspiration from Christian and Nordic mythology, as well as the philosophy of Schopenhauer, to pioneer dramatically new forms of music. His concept of the "Total Artwork" led to the construction of the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, an opera house he designed specifically for productions of his own operas. He also wrote widely on music and art. His operas include Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and the four parts of Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Overture Opera Guides: Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner (A Dual-Language Book/Parallel Text Book) - Reviews:
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