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#1970397 - 10/08/12 04:48 PM Re: Recommendations for an intro to Wagner's music/operas? [Re: BruceD]
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Thanks, Bruce! The other operas and the Ring plot will be at the top of my Wagner to-do list.

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#1971726 - 10/11/12 09:08 AM Re: Recommendations for an intro to Wagner's music/operas? [Re: argerichfan]
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Originally Posted By: argerichfan
The best overall introduction to the operas is still Ernest Newman's 'Wagner Nights', published stateside as 'The Wagner Operas' and available on Amazon.

It's a thick volume, but highly rewarding to study (or dip in to) as it gives great background and a blow by blow guide to the music, introducing all the major leitmotivs and how they interact and develop. I could never have managed without it.


I just ordered the Newman book. Thanks for the recommendation.

I listened to the Met's PBS broadcast of Das Rheingold and generally liked it.

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#1971952 - 10/11/12 05:48 PM Re: Recommendations for an intro to Wagner's music/operas? [Re: BWV 846]
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I heard all of the Ring-parts seperately, that was the schedule at Operahouse, but then they decided to do it all in one week, for the last time, I was there, I had the deepest musical impression since I had to dance on Saint-Saëns' 'le cygne' at the age of 5.
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