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Wagner Beyond Good and Evil$
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John Deathridge

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520254534

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520254534.001.0001

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Wagner the Progressive: Another Look at Lohengrin

Wagner the Progressive: Another Look at Lohengrin

(p.31) 3. Wagner the Progressive: Another Look at Lohengrin
Wagner Beyond Good and Evil

John Deathridge

University of California Press

It is often said that Wagner was uninterested in an analysis of his own music. However, in an open letter to Arigo Boito, Wagner expressed dissatisfaction with performances of Lohengrin he had seen. Lohengrin was his most popular but the least understood of Wagner's works. But his refusal to change hardly a note of it is surely a sign that it is closer to his later music dramas than is generally realized, and in a more profound sense than a superficial comparison of its motifs which the leitmotifs of the Ring can ever possibly demonstrate. Careful listening and an informed view of the revisions in his early works, however, suggest that it is in Lohengrin where the music of the future really begins.

Keywords:   Wagner, Lohengrin, music, music dramas, analysis

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