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Page xii - Meistersinger' are, to Wagner's other conceptions, much the same as the Winter's Tale is to Shakespeare's other works. Its phantasy is found in gaiety and drollery, and it has called up the Nuremberg of the Middle Ages, with its guilds, its poet-artisans, its pedants, its cavaliers, to draw forth the most fresh laughter in the midst of the highest, the most ideal, poetry.
Page ix - ... successive styles. But of the eleven operas and music dramas that constitute practically the sum of Wagner's achievement, each repre sents a phase of its own, a new step in the pro gress of his advance. From his "youthful indis cretion," Die Feen, to Tristan, Gotterddmmerung and Parsifal there is a steady progress toward higher ideals.
Page ix - Wagner's works by the musical public of the whole world has been achieved the end for which the composer fought and suffered for a lifetime as probably no musician before him ever fought and suffered.