n SAMUS : South African Journal of Musicology - Musical structures in Wagnerian Opera, Marshall Tuttle : book review

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-509X


What is Wagnerian opera? I have always assumed that it is, or should be, opera that is in some wise related to, influenced by, or in the spirit or aesthetic of, the work of Richard Wagner. It is in any case a concept that cannot easily be contained in a single sentence without resorting to near-unintelligible sub-clauses (see above). But this book is about Wagner's own operas (let us leave aside the hoary question, important to Wagner and Wagnerians alike, as to whether we should subdivide them into operas and music dramas). So anyone buying this book for insights into the musical structure of works by (say) Richard Strauss, Engelbert Humperdinck or August Bungert will be disappointed (surely there must be Bungertians out there looking for Wagnerian insights?).

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