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Stories of the Wagner Opera   By: (1859-1929)

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In "Stories of the Wagner Opera," Hélène A. Guerber masterfully takes us on an enchanting journey through the mythological and musical world of Richard Wagner's operas. With her in-depth knowledge and passion for the subject, Guerber effortlessly recreates the captivating stories behind some of Wagner's most renowned works.

The book serves as a valuable resource for both opera enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Guerber's writing style is engaging and accessible, making complex concepts and narratives understandable to readers of all backgrounds. Whether familiar with Wagner's operas or not, readers will find themselves swept up in the immersive storytelling that Guerber presents.

One of the strongest aspects of "Stories of the Wagner Opera" is Guerber's ability to dissect the intricate themes and symbolism that characterize Wagner's work. She delves deep into the mythological roots and historical contexts that inspired the operas, shedding light on the underlying narrative and musical choices. By doing so, Guerber enables readers to appreciate the depth and richness of Wagner's compositions on a whole new level.

Additionally, the book provides valuable analyses of the characters, their motivations, and their relationships, allowing readers to connect with these figures on a more personal level. Guerber's extensive research and attention to detail demonstrate her commitment to presenting a comprehensive and accurate account of Wagner's operatic universe.

Furthermore, the inclusion of excerpts from the librettos adds an extra layer of immersion and authenticity to the book. By being able to read the original text alongside Guerber's explanations, readers can fully immerse themselves in the beauty of the lyrical language and comprehend the intricate connections between words and music.

However, despite the book's many strengths, it is worth noting that some readers may find the sheer volume of information overwhelming. While Guerber manages to condense complex stories into a manageable format, there is still a vast amount of material to absorb. Therefore, readers who desire a more concise overview may need to supplement their reading with further resources.

In conclusion, "Stories of the Wagner Opera" is an intellectually stimulating and mesmerizing exploration of the world of Richard Wagner's operas. Hélène A. Guerber's expertise and passion shine through every page, making this book an ideal companion for those seeking to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Wagner's timeless works. Whether a die-hard opera aficionado or a curious beginner, readers are sure to be captivated by the enchanting tales and awe-inspiring music that lie at the heart of this extraordinary book.

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[Illustration: RICHARD WAGNER.]

STORIES OF THE WAGNER OPERA.

BY

H.A. GUERBER,

Author of

"MYTHS OF GREECE AND ROME," "MYTHS OF NORTHERN LANDS," "CONTES ET LÉGENDS," etc.

NEW YORK: DODD, MEAD, AND COMPANY. 1905.

Copyright 1895 , BY DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY.

University Press: JOHN WILSON AND SON, CAMBRIDGE, U.S.A.

Dedicated to my Friend, M.A. McC.

PREFACE.

These short sketches, which can be read in a few moments' time, are intended to give the reader as clear as possible an outline of the great dramatist composer's work.

The author is deeply indebted to Professor G.T. Dippold, to Messrs. Forman, Jackman, and Corder, and to the Oliver Ditson Company, for the poetical quotations scattered throughout the text.

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Rienzi, the Last of the Tribunes 7 The Flying Dutchman 23 Tannhäuser 38 Lohengrin 56 Tristan and Ysolde 72 The Master Singers of Nuremberg 88 The Nibelung's Ring. Rheingold 105 The Walkyrie 120 Siegfried 138 Dusk of the Gods 154 Parsifal 172

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