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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - stillatim - LibraryThing
It always strikes me as strange when people use Adorno's musical works as the basis for their interpretation of Adorno, and now I've read this it seems even stranger. There's very little here that you ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jburlinson - LibraryThing
My copy of this book is unique. Adorno was searching for the meaning of Wagner. I am searching for meaning in Adorno. Someone who came before me was doing one or the other, or perhaps both. Whoever it ... Read full review