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Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde

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Death-Devoted Heart explodes the established interpretation of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde, proving the drama to be more than just a sublimation of the composer's love for Wesendonck or a wistful romantic dream. Scruton boldly attests that Tristan and Isolde has profound religious meaning and remains as relevant today as it was to Wagner's contemporaries. Scruton touches on the nature of tragedy, the significance of ritual sacrifice, and the meaning of redemption, providing a fresh interpretation of Wagner's masterpiece. An original and provocative account of Wagner's music drama, Death-Devoted Heart blends philosophy, criticism, and musicology in order to show the work's importance in the twenty-first century.

Auteur

Roger Scruton is a well-known writer, philosopher, journalist, and a former professor of philosophy. He has written more than thirty books on aesthetics, culture, and politics.



Texte du rabat

A tale of forbidden love and inevitable death, the medieval legend of Tristan and Isolde recounts the story of two lovers unknowingly drinking a magic potion and ultimately dying in one another's arms. While critics have lauded Wagner's Tristan and Isolde for the originality and subtlety of the music, they have denounced the drama as a "mere trifle"--a rendering of Wagner's forbidden love for Matilde Wesendonck, the wife of a banker who supported him during his exile in Switzerland. Death-Devoted Heart explodes this established interpretation, proving the drama to be more than just a sublimation of the composer's love for Wesendonck or a wistful romantic dream. Scruton boldly attests that Tristan and Isolde has profound religious meaning and remains as relevant today as it was to Wagner's contemporaries. He also offers keen insight into the nature of erotic love, the sacred qualities of human passion, and the peculiar place of the erotic in our culture. His argument touches on the nature of tragedy, the significance of ritual sacrifice, and the meaning of redemption, providing a fresh interpretation of Wagner's masterpiece. Roger Scruton has written an original and provocative account of Wagner's music drama, which blends philosophy, criticism, and musicology in order to show the work's importance in the twenty-first century.



Contenu

1. Wagner and Religion 2. The Story of Tristan 3. Wagner's Treatment of the Story 4. The Music of Tristan 5. The Philosophy of Love 6. Tragedy and Sacrifice 7. Love, Death, and Redemption EPILOGUE From Romance to Ritual APPENDIX Table of Motives NOTES SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX

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Titre: Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde
Sous-titre: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde
Auteur:
Code EAN: 9780199986989
ISBN: 978-0-19-998698-9
Protection contre la copie numérique: Adobe DRM
Format: eBook (epub)
Editeur: Oxford University Press
Genre: Musique
nombre de pages: 248
Parution: 01.11.2012
Année: 2003
Sous-titre: Englisch