Wagner on Conducting

Wagner on Conducting

Wagner initiated the Romantic image of the conductor as a fiery, omniscient dictator of the podium. This work collects his eloquent essays on role of the conductor, musical interpretation, and many other topics.

Author: Richard Wagner

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486259321

Category: Music

Page: 129

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Wagner initiated the Romantic image of the conductor as a fiery, omniscient dictator of the podium. This work collects his eloquent essays on role of the conductor, musical interpretation, and many other topics. Originally printed in 1887, it remains an exciting and valid resource for the modern reader.
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Wagner and Beethoven

Wagner and Beethoven

After some initial hesitation , however , Wagner did direct concerts of Beethoven's music in Zurich . He began by conducting the Seventh Symphony on 15 January 1850. A total of some thirty further Beethoven performances followed during ...

Author: Klaus Kropfinger

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521342015

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 308

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This book analyzes the lifelong impact of Beethoven's music on Wagner and its importance for his conception of music drama. Kropfinger charts and scrutinizes Wagner's early responses to the composer and considers his experience as a conductor of Beethoven's music. A discussion of the Romantic "Beethoven image" leads to a careful study of Wagner's aesthetic writings, including his "programmatic explanations," the text "Concerning Franz Liszt's symphonic poems," and his Beethoven centenary essay. The penultimate chapter addresses Wagner's theory and practice of music drama, which he came to regard as the preordained successor to the Beethoven symphony. By analyzing special terms--such as "Leitmotiv"--Wagner's structural view of musical drama comes to the fore; it is a view that deepens not only our understanding of musical drama as a "hybrid" genre of art but also of purely musical structure and forms that Wagner sought to outdo.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

A History of Orchestral Conducting

A History of Orchestral Conducting

Berlioz conducting , by Doré 154. Wagner in 1861 155. Wagner conducting in Munich , by Cham 156. Wagner at a Bayreuth rehearsal , by Menzel THE FLOURISHING OF A LEGACY 157. Pierre Monteux 158. Charles Munch 159. Eugene Ormandy 160.

Author: Elliott W. Galkin

Publisher: Pendragon Press

ISBN: 0918728479

Category: Music

Page: 944

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Although the bibliography of literature about personalities in the conducting world is extensive, a comprehensive, scholarly study of the history of conducting has been sorely lacking. Georg Schünemann's respected study, published in 1913, was brief and restricted to the procedures of time-beating. No work has attempted to examine the role of the orchestral conductor and to document the evolution of his art from historical, technical, and aesthetic perspectives. Dr. Elliott W. Galkin, musicologist, conductor, and critic-twice winner of the Deems Taylor award for distinguished writing about music-has produced such a work in A History of Orchestral Conducting. The central historical section of the book, which examines chronologically the theories and functions of time-beating and interpretative concepts of performance, is preceded by discussions of rhythm, development of the orchestral medium, and the evolving characteristics of orchestration. Conductors of unusual pivotal influence are examined in depth, as is the increasingly complex psychology of the podium. Critical writings since the time of Monteverdi and the birth of the orchestra are surveyed and compared. Analyses of conducting as an art and craft by musicians from Berlioz to Bernstein and commentators from Mattheson, Bernard Shaw, and Thomas Mann to Jacques Barzun, are described and discussed. A fascinating collection of engravings, wood cuts, photographs and caricatures contributes to the richness of this work.
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My Life with Wagner

My Life with Wagner

Apart from the fact that Lully's misfortune could never have happened to Wagner (who would have gone to a doctor at once anyway), it is not easy to form an image of his conducting. Mendelssohn, writes his sister Fanny, used 'a nice, ...

Author: Christian Thielemann

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780297608561

Category: Music

Page: 272

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'Idiosyncratic, humorous, enlightening and written by one of the finest conductors alive ... This is the book to buy if you are going to see Wagner or listen to him at home' LITERARY REVIEW Over a distinguished career conducting some of the world's finest orchestras, Christian Thielemann has earned a reputation as the leading modern interpreter of Richard Wagner. MY LIFE WITH WAGNER chronicles his ardent personal and professional engagement with the composer whose work has shaped his thinking and feeling from early childhood. Thielemann retraces his journey with Wagner - from Berlin to Bayreuth via Venice, Hamburg and Chicago. Next he takes each opera in turn, his appraisal illuminated by a deep affinity for the music, an intimate knowledge of the scores and the inside perspective of an outstanding practitioner. And yet for all the adulation Wagner's art inspires in him, Thielemann does not shy away from unpalatable truths about the man himself, explaining why today he is venerated and reviled in equal measure. The result is a richly rewarding read for admirers of a composer who continues to fascinate long after his death.
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My Travels with Wagner

My Travels with Wagner

But since the popularity of some works extended beyond their composers' lifespan, more and more musicians and composers performed works of others (i.e. Wagner conducting Beethoven's 9th ...

Author: Chris McQuaid

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency

ISBN: 9781682353196

Category: Music

Page: 292

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Want a true balm for the soul? My Travels with Wagner tells the story of how author Chris McQuaid’s journey took him from young Irish soldier suffering from PTSD, to the finest opera houses in Europe and a passion for the music of Richard Wagner. The 19th-century composer produced dramatic operas and musical works that greatly influenced the course of Western music. “I was a lover of Wagner’s music long before I came to Ireland and listened for hours on the floor of my brother’s flat in Putney, in the early 1950s. Soon afterwards I went to Bayreuth – and went on going. When I came to Ireland, I joined the Wagner Society and met Ireland's supreme Wagnerian, Chris McQuaid. I left the society when he did, in deep sympathy, and sharing his unparalleled love and knowledge. It is reflected, over again, in this book, rich in passionate concern for Richard Wagner and his unique place in Music.” – Bruce Arnold, author and journalist
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Conducting the Brahms Symphonies

Conducting the Brahms Symphonies

... eschewed the extravagances of those who followed in the footsteps of Wagner's conducting practice: until the twentieth century – and notwithstanding the dutiful Wagner performances of dessoff and Wüllner – adherents of Wagner and ...

Author: Christopher Dyment

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9781783271009

Category: Music

Page: 270

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How did Brahms conduct his four symphonies? What did he want from other conductors when they performed these works, and to which among them did he give his approval? And crucially, are there any stylistic pointers to these performances in early recordings of the symphonies made in the first half of the twentieth century? For the first time, Christopher Dyment provides a comprehensive and in-depth answer to these important issues. Drawing together thestrands of existing research with extensive new material from a wide range of sources - the views of musicians, contemporary journals, memoirs, biographies and other critical literature - Dyment presents a vivid picture of historic performance practice in Brahms's era and the half-century that followed. Here is a remarkable panorama showcasing Brahms himself conducting, together with those conductors whom he heard, among them Levi, Richter, Nikisch, Weingartner and Fritz Steinbach, and their disciples, such as Toscanini, Stokowski, Boult and Fritz Busch. Here, too, are other famed Brahms conductors of the early twentieth century, including Furtwängler and Abendroth, whose connections with the Brahms tradition are closely examined. Dyment then analyses recordings of the symphonies by these conductors and highlights aspects which the composer might well have commended. Finally, Dyment suggests the importanceof his conclusions for those contemporary conductors who are currently attempting to rediscover genuine performance traditions in their own re-creations of the symphonies. This major study is complemented with forty photographs and a frontispiece. It is sure to fascinate musicians, Brahms enthusiasts and those interested in the history of recorded music. CHRISTOPHER DYMENT is author of Felix Weingartner: Recollections and Recordings(Triad Press 1976) and Toscanini in Britain (The Boydell Press 2012). He has published many articles about historic conductors over the last forty years.
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On Conducting

On Conducting

The writing of this book has afforded him pleasure in his leisure moments, and that pleasure would be much increased if he knew that the perusal of it would create any bond of sympathy between himself and the angling community in general.

Author: Richard Wagner

Publisher: READ BOOKS

ISBN: 1443741116

Category: Music

Page: 140

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PREFACE. THE Author of this very practical treatise on Scotch Loch - Fishing desires clearly that it may be of use to all who had it. He does not pretend to have written anything new, but to have attempted to put what he has to say in as readable a form as possible. Everything in the way of the history and habits of fish has been studiously avoided, and technicalities have been used as sparingly as possible. The writing of this book has afforded him pleasure in his leisure moments, and that pleasure would be much increased if he knew that the perusal of it would create any bond of sympathy between himself and the angling community in general. This section is interleaved with blank shects for the readers notes. The Author need hardly say that any suggestions addressed to the case of the publishers, will meet with consideration in a future edition. We do not pretend to write or enlarge upon a new subject. Much has been said and written-and well said and written too on the art of fishing but loch-fishing has been rather looked upon as a second-rate performance, and to dispel this idea is one of the objects for which this present treatise has been written. Far be it from us to say anything against fishing, lawfully practised in any form but many pent up in our large towns will bear us out when me say that, on the whole, a days loch-fishing is the most convenient. One great matter is, that the loch-fisher is depend- ent on nothing but enough wind to curl the water, -and on a large loch it is very seldom that a dead calm prevails all day, -and can make his arrangements for a day, weeks beforehand whereas the stream- fisher is dependent for a good take on the state of the water and however pleasant and easy it may be for one living near the banks of a good trout stream or river, it is quite another matter to arrange for a days river-fishing, if one is looking forward to a holiday at a date some weeks ahead. Providence may favour the expectant angler with a good day, and the water in order but experience has taught most of us that the good days are in the minority, and that, as is the case with our rapid running streams, -such as many of our northern streams are, -the water is either too large or too small, unless, as previously remarked, you live near at hand, and can catch it at its best. A common belief in regard to loch-fishing is, that the tyro and the experienced angler have nearly the same chance in fishing, -the one from the stern and the other from the bow of the same boat. Of all the absurd beliefs as to loch-fishing, this is one of the most absurd. Try it. Give the tyro either end of the boat he likes give him a cast of ally flies he may fancy, or even a cast similar to those which a crack may be using and if he catches one for every three the other has, he may consider himself very lucky. Of course there are lochs where the fish are not abundant, and a beginner may come across as many as an older fisher but we speak of lochs where there are fish to be caught, and where each has a fair chance. Again, it is said that the boatman has as much to do with catching trout in a loch as the angler. Well, we dont deny that. In an untried loch it is necessary to have the guidance of a good boatman but the same argument holds good as to stream-fishing...
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The Physiology of the Novel

The Physiology of the Novel

Time was what Wagner's conducting made unnaturally apparent. In his Über das Dirigiren [On Conducting] (1869), Wagner made explicit reference to his 1855 season with the Philharmonic, commenting at length upon the tendency of British ...

Author: Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature Nicholas Dames

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199208968

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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How did the Victorians read novels? Nicholas Dames answers that deceptively simple question by revealing a now-forgotten range of nineteenth-century theories of the novel, a range based in a study of human physiology during the act of reading, He demonstrates the ways in which the Victorians thought they read, and uncovers surprising responses to the question of what might have transpired in the minds and bodies of readers of Victorian fiction. His detailed studies of novelcritics who were also interested in neurological science, combined with readings of novels by Thackeray, Eliot, Meredith, and Gissing, propose a vision of the Victorian novel-reader as far from the quietly immersed being we now imagine - as instead a reader whose nervous system was addressed, attacked, andsoothed by authors newly aware of the neural operations of their public. Rich in unexpected intersections, from the British response to Wagnerian opera to the birth of speed-reading in the late nineteenth century, The Physiology of the Novel challenges our assumptions about what novel-reading once did, and still does, to the individual reader, and provides new answers to the question of how novels influenced a culture's way of reading, responding, and feeling.
Categories: Fiction

Harvard Dictionary of Music

Harvard Dictionary of Music

... Techniques of Modern Orchestral Conducting ( 1956 ) ; D. E. Inghelbrecht , The Conductor's World [ 1954 ] ; K. van Hoesen , Handbook of Conducting ( 1948 ) ; M. Rudolf , The Grammar of Conducting ( 1950 ) ; R. Wagner , On Conducting ...

Author: Willi Apel

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674375017

Category: Music

Page: 968

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Contains nearly 1000 pages of precise and accessible information on all musical subjects.
Categories: Music