Beyond Reason: Wagner Contra Nietzsche

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Univ of California Press, Nov 22, 2016 - Music - 552 pages
Beyond Reason╩relates Wagner's works to the philosophical and cultural ideas of his time, centering on the four music dramas he created in the second half of his career:╩Der Ring des Nibelungen,╩Tristan und Isolde,╩Die Meistersinger von NŸrnberg, and╩Parsifal. Karol Berger seeks to penetrate the "secret" of large-scale form in Wagner's music dramas and to answer those critics, most prominently Nietzsche, who condemned Wagner for his putative inability to weld small expressive gestures into larger wholes. Organized by individual opera, this is essential reading for both musicologists and Wagner experts.
 

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Contents

Beyond Autonomy
1
Reason
10
Beyond Reason
22
The New Configuration
44
The Anarchist Utopia
62
The Erotic Utopia
193
Politics after Tristan
242
Ethics after Tristan
293
The MusicDramatic Plan
423
The MusicDramatic Plan
427
The MusicDramatic Plan
431
The MusicDramatic Plan
437
The MusicDramatic Plan
445
Acknowledgments
449
Abbreviations Used in Notes
453
Notes
455

Wagner contra Nietzsche
359
Becoming Nietzsche
376
Nietzsche contra Wagner Wagner contra Nietzsche
393
The MusicDramatic Plan
417

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About the author (2016)

Karol Berger is the Osgood Hooker Professor in Fine Arts, Department of Music, Stanford University. His award-winning books include Musica Ficta, A Theory of Art, and Bach's Cycle, Mozart's Arrow.╩

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