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Life of Wagner Biographies of Musicians by Louis Nohl

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BIOGRAPHIES OF MUSICIANS.

LIFE OF WAGNER

BY

LOUIS NOHL

TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN

BY

GEORGE P. UPTON.

" Who better than the poet can guide? "

CHICAGO: JANSEN, McCLURG & COMPANY. 1884.

BIOGRAPHIES OF MUSICIANS.

I.

LIFE OF MOZART, From the German of Dr. LOUIS NOHL. With Portrait. Price $1.25.

II.

LIFE OF BEETHOVEN, From the German of Dr. LOUIS NOHL. With Portrait. Price $1.25.

III.

LIFE OF HAYDN, From the German of Dr. LOUIS NOHL. With Portrait. Price $1.25.

IV.

LIFE OF WAGNER, From the German of Dr. LOUIS NOHL. With Portrait. Price $1.25.

JANSEN, McCLURG & CO., PUBLISHERS.

COPYRIGHT BY JANSEN, McCLURG & CO., A. D. 1883.

[Illustration: RICHARD WAGNER.]

PREFACE.

The masters of music, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, advanced this art beyond the limits of their predecessors by identifying themselves more closely with the development of active life itself. By their creative power they invested the life of the nation and mankind with profounder thought, culminating at last in the most sublime of our possessions religion. No artist has followed in their course with more determined energy than Richard Wagner, as well he might, for with equal intellectual capacity, the foundation of his education was broader and deeper than that of the classic masters; while on the other hand the development of our national character during his long active career, became more vigorous and diversified as the ideas of the poets and thinkers were more and more realized and reflected in our life. Wagner's development was as harmonious as that of the three classic masters, and all his struggles, however violent at times, only cleared his way to that high goal where we stand with him to day and behold the free unfolding of all our powers. This goal is the entire combination of all the phases of art into one great work: the music drama, in which is mirrored every form of human existence up to the highest ideal life. As this music drama rests historically upon the opera it is but natural that the second triumvirate of German music should be composed of the founder of German opera, C. M. von Weber, the reformer of the old opera, Christoph Wilibald Gluck, and Richard Wagner. To trace therefore the development of the youngest of these masters, will lead us to consider theirs as well, and in doing this the knowledge of what he is will disclose itself to us.

PUBLISHER'S NOTE.

Just as this volume is going to press the announcement comes from Germany that the prize offered by the Prague Concordia for the best essay on "Wagner's Influence upon the National Art" has been adjudged to Louis Nohl, an honor which will lend additional interest to this little volume.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

WAGNER'S EARLY YOUTH.

His Birth The Father's Death His Mother Remarries Removal to Dresden Theatre and Music At School Translation of Homer Through Poetry to Music Returning to Leipzig Beethoven's Symphonies Resolution to be a Musician Conceals this Resolution Composes Music and Poetry His Family distrusts his Talent "Romantic" Influences Studies of Thoroughbass Overture in B major Theodor Weinlig Full Understanding of Mozart Beethoven's Influence The Genius of German Art Preparatory Studies ended 9 22

CHAPTER II.

STORM AND STRESS.

In Vienna His Symphony Performed Modern Ideas "The Fairies" "Das Liebesverbot" Becomes Kapellmeister Mina Planer Hard Times Experiences and Studies "Rienzi" Paris First Disappointments A Faust Overture Revival of the German Genius Struggle for Existence "The Flying Dutchman" Historical Studies Returning to Germany 22 44

CHAPTER III.

REVOLUTION IN LIFE AND ART.

Success and Recognition Hofkapellmeister to the Saxon Court New Clouds "Tannhaeuser" Misunderstood The Myths of "The Flying Dutchman" and "Tannhaeuser" Aversion to Meyerbeer The Religious Element "Lohengrin" The Idea of "Lohengrin" Wagner's Revolutionary Sympathies The Revolution of 1848 The Poetic Part of "Siegfried's Death" The Revolt in Dresden Flight from Dresden "Siegfried Words... Continue reading book >>




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