In Search of Wagner
Richard Wagner's works are among the most controversial in the history of European music because of their powerful aesthetic qualities and, in wider political terms, because of their eventual assimilation into the official culture of the Third Reich.
This concise synoptic account by the most brilliant exponent of Frankfurt School Marxism subtly interweaves these artistic and ideological qualities. It provides deft musicological analyses of Wagner's scores and of his compositional techniques, orchestration and staging methods, quoting copiously from the music dramas themselves. At the same time it offers incisive reflections on Wagner's social character and the ideological impulses of his artistic activity.
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Review: In Search of WagnerUser Review - M Pereira - Goodreads
This is an excellent book but not for the faint hearted. You need to have a background in harmony and music history; philosophy and social theory. It's a pretty rewarding book if you know how to cope ... Read full review
Review: In Search of WagnerUser Review - Mateus Yuri Passos - Goodreads
The best part of it is Zizek's preface. Read full review