The Tragic and the Ecstatic: The Musical Revolution of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde

The Tragic and the Ecstatic: The Musical Revolution of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde


in the course of the years previous the composition of Tristan and Isolde, Wagner's aesthetics underwent a momentous turnaround, largely due to his discovery of Schopenhauer. a lot of Schopenhauer's rules, specially these relating to music's metaphysical value, resonated with styles of concept that had lengthy been significant to Wagner's aesthetics, and Wagner defined the access of Schopenhauer into his existence as "a reward from heaven." Chafe argues that Wagner's Tristan and Isolde is a musical and dramatic exposition of metaphysical principles encouraged via Schopenhauer. the 1st a part of the publication covers the philosophical and literary underpinnings of the tale, exploring Schopenhauer's metaphysics and Gottfried van Strassburg's Tristan poem. Chafe then turns to the occasions within the opera, supplying tonal and harmonic analyses that make stronger his interpretation of the drama. Chafe acts as a professional advisor, studying and illustrating most crucial moments for his reader. eventually, Chafe creates a serious account of Tristan, within which the drama is proven to strengthen throughout the music.

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