The Music Dramas of Richard Wagner and His Festival Theatre in Bayreuth

The Music Dramas of Richard Wagner and His Festival Theatre in Bayreuth

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The Music Dramas of Richard Wagner and His Festival Theatre in Bayreuth

The Music Dramas of Richard Wagner and His Festival Theatre in Bayreuth

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In writing the thousand and first book on Richard Wagner and his work, I do not pretend to accomplish anything better than has yet been done. My aim has been something quite different, -- a real practical guide to Bayreuth for the French which will answer the needs and satisfy the curiosity of those of our nation who have not yet taken that little journey, which is so easy and attractive. I have also desired to indicate in what state of mind it should be undertaken and what seductive preliminary studies are necessary to the complete enjoyment of the trip; finally, it has been my desire to present the Wagnerian style in its own proper light, by dissipating the clouds with which it has been enveloped by certain of its commentators, who, far from smoothing the way, have made it bristle with difficulties. This is the sole criticism I will allow myself: they write for Wagnerians, not for neophytes.

Of course, I have not read all that has been written about Wagner, -- one human life would not suffice for that, and one would have to be a polyglot, -- but I have studied a very large number of important works, especially those of Ernst, Schuré, Chamberlain, de Brinn' Gaubast, the biography by Adolphe Jullien and that in Grove English Dictionary, Wagner Letters and Autobiography, the writings of Wolzogen, Maurice Kufferath, SoubiesMalherbe . . .

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