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Beyond Reason: Wagner contra Nietzsche

Karol Berger


The book centers on the four music dramas (Der Ring des Nibelungen, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Parsifal) Wagner created in the second half of his career. Two aims are pursued here: first, to penetrate the “secret” of large-scale form in Wagner’s music dramas, the secret the very existence of which was called into question by the composer’s critics, including the most perceptive of those, Nietzsche; second, to see the ideological import of Wagner’s dramas against the background of the worldviews that were current in his lifetime and, in particular, to confront his ... More

Keywords: form, music drama, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Friedrich Nietzsche, Parsifal, Der Ring des Nibelungen, Tristan und Isolde, Richard Wagner

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520292758
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520292758.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karol Berger, author
Stanford University