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The Collected Writings of Franz Liszt

Dramaturgical Leaves: Richard Wagner, Volume 3, Part 2

Edited and translated by Janita R. Hall-Swadley

The Collected Writings of Franz Liszt: Dramaturgical Leaves: Richard Wagner completes the second half of Liszt’s writings about stage works, its composers, and music drama. In this volume, Liszt focuses on the works of his most controversial devotee and son-in-law, Richard Wagner, whose music dramas Liszt championed as conductor during his tenure in Weimar. Here, we see Liszt prove his skill and expertise as a music critic, as well. He offers a critical analysis of the aesthetic and musical principles that underlie Wagner’s operas, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, and The Flying Dutchman, including a thorough discussion of Wagner’s Leitmotif system of composition. Additionally, his findings are substantiated with a plethora of music examples, which will satisfy those who wanted greater musical substance from his writings. He also foretells the magnitude of Wagner’s influence on prosperity in his pamphlet-length essay, The Rhine’s Gold. Finally, the editor and translator of this volume, Janita Hall-Swadley, provides a unique perspective on these same principles, which is based on Wagner’s own mysterious diagram of “The Philosopher’s Stone,” which was supposed to be included in the original 1863 edition of the composer’s important writing, Opera and Drama, but never made it to publication. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 340Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2
978-1-4422-7352-8 • Hardback • October 2016 • $100.00 • (£70.00)
978-1-4422-7353-5 • eBook • October 2016 • $95.00 • (£65.00)
Janita R. Hall-Swadley is a music researcher and German translator. She received her formal music training in musicology, piano performance, 19th-century philosophy, and German studies at Florida State University, The Boston Conservatory, and the University of North Texas. Her music focus is concentrated in the 19th century, especially in the independent study of the music and ideologies of Franz Liszt and Robert Schumann.
Foreword by Nicolas Dufetel, IReMus (Institut de recherche en musicologie), CNRS//Université Paris-Sorbonne/Bibliothèque nationale de France/Ministère de la Culture, Paris
The Writings
1Tannhäuser and the Contest of Song at the Wartburg (1849)
2Lohengrin, the Great Romantic Opera by Richard Wagner, and its Premiere Performance in Weimar (on the Occasion of the Herder and Goethe Festival) (1850)
3The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner (1859)
4The Rhine’s Gold. On 1 January (1855)