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2007-09-19 Prose Works Remarks on performing the opera "The Flying Dutchman."
This document reveals Wagner to be an advocate of musical-dramatic realism, which requires the "precise correspondence of the events on the stage with the orchestra", and the "most careful correspondence between the action and the music." According to Wagner, Senta should "be seen not in the sense of modern, morbid sentimentality" but as "a wholly robust Nordic girl," a "naive." Erik is a counterpart to the figure of the Dutchman: "stormy, fierce and gloomy, like the loner." And Daland should not slip over "into actual comedy." [from the "Wagner Handbook", p. 604]
2007-09-19 Articles Faithful, all too faithful.
David Cormack's continued research into William Ashton Ellis produces regular updates that have been incorporated into his "Faithful" article.
2007-09-19 Other Wagner
I provided a link to John F. Runciman's biography of 1913, available at Project Gutenberg. It is part of the "Miniature Series of Musicians". "Wagner's essays are worth reading by those who have the time and the physical and mental strenght, if only because they reveal a man thinking on wrong lines while he is doing on right ones; but they are terribly long-winded, and many weary pages are devoted to demonstrations of the obvious or the actually fallacious. Mr. W. Ashton Ellis has given many years of a valuable life to translating them into something which is not English and not German."
2007-09-19 Other Richard Wagner, Composer of Operas
I provided a link to John F. Runciman's book of 1913, available at Project Gutenberg.
2007-09-19 Other Opera Stories from Wagner
I provided a link to Florence Akin's book of 1915, available at Project Gutenberg. Tells the Ring of the Nibelung cycle for little girls and boys.
2004-07-28 Prose Works A Glance at the German Operatic Stage of to-day
This is Wagner's detailed report of his visit with Cosima to theaters in the provinces from 10 November to 15 December 1872 to acquire artistic personnel for the planned first festival. It contains a merciless judgment on the routine operation of German opera houses. He established that it was not just his works which suffered from inadequate performance conditions. Wagner praises only a production of Gluck's "Orfeo" in Dessau. [from the "Wagner Handbook", p. 632]
2004-07-28 Prose Works Prologue to a reading of the "Götterdämmerung" before a select audience in Berlin
Wagner again summarizes in a few paragraphs his idea of a musical drama as set out in "Opera and Drama". [from the "Wagner Handbook", p. 634]
2004-07-28 Correspondence Richard Wagner an Mathilde Wesendonk, Tagebuchblätter und Briefe 1853-1871
I added a link to the German edition of the Wesendonck letters. The Correspondence index page has now the same look-and-feel as the prose and articles index pages.
2003-12-25 Prose Works On Opera Poetry and Composition in particular
Contains for the most part detailed investigations of the relationship between the text and the music in the German operas of Marschner and Weber, as well as in Beethoven and Rossini ("Against Rossini there was many an outcry: yet it was merely his originality that vexed us"). [from the "Wagner Handbook", p. 625]
2003-12-25 Prose Works On the Application of Music to the Drama
Deals again with symphonic composition (instrumental music) as the starting point for Wagnerian drama. The central element - which Wagner explains with examples from the Ring - is the technique of motifs; Wagner is less interested in Hans von Wolzogen's leitmotifs and "their dramatic significance and effect" than in their "use in building musical composition," the multiple linking of themes, their variations, and their interrelationships. [from the "Wagner Handbook", p. 625]
2003-12-25 Other The return of the prodigal son: Richard Wagner and Der Fliegende Holländer
A sample chapter in PDF format of "Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer", edited by Thomas Grey. Available from Cambridge University Press.
2003-12-25 Other Wagner's Tristan und Isolde
I provided a link to George Ainslie Hight's book of 1912, available at Project Gutenberg. "Some sort of Introduction appears to me a necessary preliminary to the study of Wagner, not because his works are artificial or unnatural, but because our minds have become perverted by the highly artificial products of the Italian and French opera, so that a work of Wagner at first appears to us very much as Paradise Lost or a tragedy of Sophokles would appear to a person who had never read anything but light French novels. He must entirely change the attitude of his mind, and the change, although it be a return to nature and truth, is not easy to make."
2003-09-02 Prose Works On Poetry and Composition
Variations of individual sections of "Opera and Drama", especially parts 1 and 2. Really nothing more than a collecion of witty aperçus. [from the "Wagner Handbook", p. 625]
2003-09-02 Prose Works Religion and Art
"One might say that where Religion becomes artificial, it is reserved for Art to save the spirit of religion by recognising the figurative value of the mythic symbols which the former would have us believe in their literal sense, and revealing their deep and hidden truth through an ideal presentation."
2003-09-02 Prose Works "What Boots This Knowledge?"
A supplement to "Religion and Art". "We recognise the cause of the fall of Historic Man, and the necessity of his regeneration; we believe in the possibility of such Regeneration, and devote ourselves to its carrying-through in every sense."
2003-09-02 Prose Works On the Womanly in the Human Race
The planned fourth and last supplement to "Religion and Art" is given over to a further aspect of Wagner's critique of civilization: the relationship between the sexes and the need for the emancipation of women. The text remains a fragment; Wagner collapsed dying over the manuscript... [from the "Wagner Handbook", p. 618]
2003-09-02 Prose Works Introduction to Count Gobineau's "Ethnological Résumé of the Present Aspect of the World"
As in the writings on "Religion and Art", here Wagner also links a racial doctrine with his interpretations of "true Christianity" as the religion of compassion, from whose redemption alone regeneration could come. [from the "Wagner Handbook", p. 628]
2003-09-02 Correspondence The Family Letters of Richard Wagner
Added letters 19 - 28.
2003-09-02 Other Orpheus Ascending
The opening paragraphs from 'Orpheus Ascending: a reassessment of Wagner and Wagnerism', are excerpted from a talk given by Peter Nicholson on 18th April, 1999 at the Goethe Institute in Sydney. Subsequently this talk was published in London in WAGNER, The Wagner Society of the United Kingdom ISSN 0963-3332 March 2001 Vol 22 No 1 pp 3-37.
2003-08-05 Prose Works Opera and Drama
Part III is finished at last. I also added the translator's preface, where William Ashton Ellis gives us "a few details" about the document's history. Still missing from the online edition are the Index and Summary.
2003-08-05 Articles Richard Wagner
Article from "Appleton's journal" of June 15, 1872 by George B. Miles.
2003-08-05 Articles Foreign Notes
This document collects Wagner related information from the "Foreign Notes" column of "Appleton's Journal" over a period from April 1869 till June 1875. It is a kind of society gossip column and may not be completely accurate, but I could not resist adding it to the library.
2003-08-05 Articles The New School of Music
Article from "Appleton's journal" of April 4, 1874 by George T. Ferris.
2003-08-05 Articles Wagner at Home
Article from the "Overland monthly" of July 1883 by John Parrott Junior. "...my eyes fell on Richard Wagner. I say, purposely, FELL on Richard Wagner; for oh, how our ideals tumble with a crash before the stern reality! How prone we are to invest the person of a genius with a presence befitting the immensity and power of his mind!..."
2003-08-05 Articles Under the Influence of Wagner
Article from the "Overland monthly" published in december 1900. "...Shown the part of Elizabeth in "Tanhauser," Adelina Patti said: 'Yes, very nice - for a cornet.' At the close of the nineteenth century the great singers are the Wagner singers. Patti is all but a memory..."
2003-08-05 Articles Richard Wagner - Wunderkind Or Monster
Free CliffNotes by Diana Glazer of July 05, 2002.
2003-08-05 Other Art Life and Theories of Richard Wagner
I provided a link to the online edition of Edward L. Burlingame's book at the Cornell University Library Historical Monographs site. This edition was published in 1875 in New York and contains translations of some of Wagner's prose works, some of which are not (yet) available in The Wagner Library.
2003-08-05 Maintenance Site Maintenance
The index pages of the prose works and articles now contain information about the download size. People using slow connections will appreciate this as an indication of how long a download will take. The size includes any images that may appear in the document.
2003-08-05 Maintenance RSS Newsfeed
The RSS newsfeed contains the most recent updates to the Wagner Library. For those of you running a content aggregator on your site or local desktop.
2003-03-25 Other Great Composers: Wagner
New! Draft version of the transcription of Great Composers: Wagner.
2003-03-25 Prose Opera and Drama
Update! Opera and Drama Part II is completed. Work on Part III has started...
2002-11-05 Correspondence Family Letters of Richard Wagner
Update! Reorganised Family Letters of Richard Wagner in one page.
2002-11-05 Correspondence Richard Wagner to Mathilde Wesendonck
New! Added first 28 letters of "Richard Wagner to Mathilde Wesendonck".
2002-11-05 Other Houston Stewart Chamberlain
New! Added references to (german) texts of Houston Stewart Chamberlain
2002-11-05 Esoteric Wagner's birth chart
New! Richard Wagner's birth chart!
2002-11-05 Articles Concert of the London Wagner Society
New! Concert of the London Wagner Society by W. F. A.
2002-08-13 Articles Faithful, all too faithful
New! "Faithful, all too faithful" by David Cormack. Biography of William Ashton Ellis, the translator of Richard Wagner's prose works. Copyright David Cormack (all rights reserved) 1996, 1999, 2002, 2003.
2002-08-13 Other Friedrich Nietzsche
New! Added links to relevant works of Friedrich Nietzsche about Wagner.
2002-08-13 Articles Wagner at Bayreuth
New! Wagner at Bayreuth
2002-08-13 Articles Articles: TEI Editions available
I managed to put the TEI version online, together with the polished HTML version. Page numbers are provided for reference to the original works and whenever possible, references are resolved in hyperlinks throughout all documents. Feedback is much appreciated.
2002-07-09 Prose Works Prose Works: TEI Editions available
I managed to put the TEI version online, together with the polished HTML version. Page numbers are provided for reference to the original works and whenever possible, references are resolved in hyperlinks throughout all documents. Feedback is much appreciated. I'll continue with Opera and Drama before tackling the articles...
2002-04-09 Articles Behind the Scenes of an Opera-House
New! Behind the Scenes of an Opera-House It's been a while, and the only thing I can offer right now is an 1888 article containing interesting behind-the-scenes information on "Lohengrin" and "Siegfried". New additions will not arrive before the end of May, due to my busy schedule right now. The new style should then be applicable for the complete site.
2002-02-20 Prose Works Opera and Drama
New! Opera and Drama - First Part Page numbers corresponding to the Ellis edition have been added for reference purposes. Expect new additions on a monthly basis (Yes, I'm quite busy now, preparing a major redesing of the site...) TEI encoding is in progress, and editions in formats like MS-Reader, Rocket eBook, PDF, Mobipocket, Franklin Reader, etc. will be provided.
2002-01-13 Prose Works Beethoven
New! Beethoven
2001-12-19 Prose Works On the name "Musikdrama"
New! On the name "Musikdrama" (You can expect the essay "Beethoven" online mid january 2002 !)
2001-11-21 Correspondence Family Letters
New! Letters 15, 16, 17 and 18
2001-11-14 Prose Works The Destiny of Opera
New! The Destiny of Opera
2001-10-30 Prose Works What is German?
New! What is German?
2001-10-16 Prose Works Art and Revolution
New! Art and Revolution
2001-10-10 Correspondence Family Letters
New! Letters 11, 12, 13 and 14
2001-10-03 Prose Works A Communication to my Friends
Update! A Communication to my Friends The edition is now complete and spans more than 50 A4-sized pages.
2001-09-26 Correspondence Family Letters
New! Letters 7, 8, 9 and 10
2001-08-23 Correspondence Family Letters
New! Letters 4, 5 and 6
2001-08-10 Correspondence Family Letters
New! Translator's Preface
2001-08-10 Correspondence Family Letters
New! Letter 3: To the same
2001-08-09 Prose Works A Communication to my Friends
New! A Communication to my Friends Incomplete but in progress, already 20 pages (A4 format)
2001-08-08 Correspondence Family Letters
New! Letter 2: To sister Rosalie
2001-08-03 Correspondence Family Letters
New! Letter 1: To sister Ottilie
2001-07-26 Other Authors Max Nordau's Degeneration
New! Max Nordau's Degeneration, Book II, Chapter V: The Richard Wagner Cult
2001-07-18 Prose Works Modern
New! Modern
2001-07-18 Prose Works Know Thyself
New! Know Thyself This concludes the list of Wagner's major anti-semitic writings.
2001-07-11 Prose Works Hero-dom and Christendom
New! Hero-dom and Christendom The Wagner Library wishes to express its gratitude to Greg Chesher for providing an electronic edition of this text.
2001-07-06 Prose Works The Art-Work of the Future
Update! Added Parts IV and V of The Art-Work of the Future The edition is now complete and spans about 68 A4-sized pages!
2001-07-02 Other Authors Wagner and the Jews
New! Added link to Simon Weil's Wagner and the Jews
2001-06-21 Prose Works The Art-Work of the Future
Update! Added Part III of The Art-Work of the Future
2001-06-18 Articles The Opera, before the Court of Reason
New! The Opera, before the Court of Reason
2001-06-12 Prose Works The Art-Work of the Future
Update! Added Part II of The Art-Work of the Future
2001-06-06 Prose Works The Art-Work of the Future
New! The Art-Work of the Future (Part I)
2001-05-30 Prose Works Some explanations concerning "Judaism in Music"
New! Some explanations concerning "Judaism in Music"
2001-05-21 Articles "Parsifal" at Baireuth
New! "Parsifal" at Baireuth.
2001-05-17 Prose Works Judaism in Music
New! Judaism in Music
2001-05-11 Articles The New German School of Music
New! The New German School of Music
2001-05-07 Prose Works An End in Paris
New! An End in Paris
2001-05-07 Articles Nordau's Theory of Degeneration: A Musician's Retort
Update! Nordau's Theory of Degeneration: A Musician's Retort Appended the answer of Max Nordau to Seidl's criticism.
2001-05-04 Articles Parsifal at Bayreuth
New! Parsifal at Bayreuth
2001-05-04 Articles The Opera
New! The Opera
2001-05-04 Articles Nordau's Theory of Degeneration: A Musician's Retort
New! Nordau's Theory of Degeneration: A Musician's Retort
2001-04-30 Articles How To Listen To Wagner's Music
New! How To Listen To Wagner's Music. A Suggestion.
2001-04-30 Articles German Opera and Every-Day Life
New! German Opera and Every-Day Life
2001-04-26 Articles The Wagner Music-Drama
New! The Wagner Music-Drama
2001-04-26 Articles Wagner's Influence on Present-day Composers
New! Wagner's Influence on Present-day Composers
2001-04-25 Prose Works On State and Religion
New! On State and Religion
2001-04-25 Articles Wagner and Scenic Art
New! Wagner and Scenic Art
2001-04-20 Articles Wagner and the pianist Bulow
New! Wagner and the pianist Bulow
2001-04-19 Prose Works A Happy Evening
New! A Happy Evening
2001-04-18 Articles Opera
New! Opera. (This article was commented on by Edgar J. Levey in his "Boucicault and Wagner")
2001-04-17 Prose Works The Wibelungen
New! The Wibelungen. World-History as told in Saga
2001-04-17 Articles Wagner and Tannhauser in Paris
New! Wagner and Tannhauser in Paris, 1861
2001-04-12 Prose Works The Artist and Publicity
New! The Artist and Publicity
2001-04-12 Prose Works Rossini's Stabat Mater
New! Rossini's Stabat Mater
2001-04-12 Prose Works Das Liebesverbot
New! Das Liebesverbot: Account of a first Operatic Performance
2001-04-11 Articles Richard Wagner, and His Theory of Music
New! Richard Wagner, and His Theory of Music
2001-04-10 Articles To Richard Wagner
New! To Richard Wagner - A Dream of the Age
2001-04-09 Articles Bayreuth Revisited
New! Bayreuth Revisited
2001-04-09 Articles The Wagner Festival at Bayreuth
New! The Wagner Festival at Bayreuth
2001-04-06 Articles New Books on Music
New! New Books on Music
2001-04-06 Articles The Abuse of Applause
New! Open Letters - The Abuse of Applause
2001-04-05 Prose Works On the Overture
New! On the Overture
2001-04-05 Articles The Work and Mission of my Life
New! The Work and Mission of my Life - Part II
2001-04-04 Prose Works Pergolesi’s "Stabat Mater"
New! Pergolesi’s "Stabat Mater"
2001-04-04 Prose Works The Virtuoso and the Artist
New! The Virtuoso and the Artist
2001-04-04 Articles The Work and Mission of my Life
New! The Work and Mission of my Life - Part I
2001-04-03 Articles Schopenhauer’s Metaphysics of Music
New! Schopenhauer’s Metaphysics of Music
2001-04-02 Articles Some of Wagner's Heroes and Heroines
New! Some of Wagner's Heroes and Heroines
2001-04-02 Articles Richard Wagner
New! Richard Wagner
2001-04-02 Sources Measure for Measure
New! William Shakespeare: Measure for Measure
2001-03-30 Articles Wagner's Parsifal
New! Wagner's Parsifal
2001-03-29 Prose Works Bellini: A Word in Season
New! Bellini: A Word in Season
2001-03-29 Prose Works On German Music
New! On German Music
2001-03-29 Articles Richard Wagner's Theories of Music
Corrections: Richard Wagner's Theories of Music
2001-03-27 All Announcement
Start-up of the Wagner Library