Studies in the Wagnerian Drama

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CONTENTS.
CHAPTER I. THE WAGNERIAN DRAMA: ITS PROTOTYPES AND ELEMENTS.

Wagner a Regenerator of the Lyric Drama.--Greek Tragedy.--Solemn Speech and Music.--The Poet-composers of Hellas.--The Florentine Reformers and their Invention of the Lyric Drama.--Peri and Caccini.--Their Declamation.--Monteverde's Orchestra.--How Wagner Touches Hands with his Predecessors. -- Poet and Composer.--Music a Means, not an Aim in the Drama. --A Typical Teuton, but also a Cosmopolite.--Teutonic and Roman Ideals. -- Absolute Beauty and Characteristic Beauty.--The Ethical Idea in Wagner's Dramas. --Fundamental Principle of his Constructive Scheme. The Typical Phrases.--Symbols, not Labels.--Music as a Language.--Characteristics of Some Typical Phrases. --Wotan in Two Aspects.--Form the First Manifestation of Law in Music and Essential to Repose.-- Tonality and the Effect of its Loss. -- Phrases Delineative and Imitative of External Characteristics.-- The Giants, the Dwarfs, the Rhine; Loge, the God of Fire.--Prophetic Use of the Phrases.--Their Dramatic Development.--Wagner's Orchestra and the Greek Chorus.--Alliteration and Rhyme. -- The Ethical Idea Again Pages 1-36

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