Wagner Without Fear: Learning to Love—and Even Enjoy—Opera's Most Demanding Genius

  • Title: Wagner Without Fear: Learning to Love—and Even Enjoy—Opera's Most Demanding Genius
  • Author: William Berger
  • ISBN: 9780375700545
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wagner Without Fear Learning to Love and Even Enjoy Opera s Most Demanding Genius Do you cringe when your opera loving friends start raving about the latest production of Tristan Do you feel faint just thinking about the six hour performance of Parsifal you were given tickets to Do
    Do you cringe when your opera loving friends start raving about the latest production of Tristan Do you feel faint just thinking about the six hour performance of Parsifal you were given tickets to Does your mate accuse you of having a Tannh user complex If you re baffled by the behavior of Wagner worshipers, if you ve longed to fathom the mysteries of Wagner s ever incDo you cringe when your opera loving friends start raving about the latest production of Tristan Do you feel faint just thinking about the six hour performance of Parsifal you were given tickets to Does your mate accuse you of having a Tannh user complex If you re baffled by the behavior of Wagner worshipers, if you ve longed to fathom the mysteries of Wagner s ever increasing popularity, or if you just want to better understand and enjoy the performances you re attending, you ll find this delightful book indispensable.William Berger is the most helpful guide one could hope to find for navigating the strange and beautiful world of the most controversial artist who ever lived He tells you all you need to know to become a true Wagnerite from story lines to historical background from when to visit the rest room to how to sound smart during intermission from the Jewish legend that possibly inspired Lohengrin to the tragic death of the first Tristan Funny, informative, and always a pleasure to read, Wagner Without Fear proves that the art of Wagner can be accessible to everyone.Includes The strange life of Richard Wagner German patriot and exile , friend and enemy of Liszt and Nietzsche Essential opera lore and lobby talk A scene by scene analysis of each opera What to listen for to get the most from the music Recommended recordings, films, and sound tracks

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    1. I came to William Berger’s Wagner Without Fear with established interest in and a beginner’s knowledge of German opera, including many adjacent fields. I found exactly the part review, part deeper study that I was looking for in the 52-page biography and overview of Wagner’s work. It painted a clear enough picture of Wagner’s life to satisfy an interested reader without boring an initiate. Importantly, it thoroughly connected Wagner’s characteristics and circumstances to key points in [...]

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    2. The second sentence reads "I have always loved sharing my enthusiasm for opera in general and Wagner in particular with anyone who didn't run away fast enough." That's pretty much all you need to know about why I enjoyed it. While light on the musical analysis (which is half of what makes Wagner dramatic), I'll offer this to anyone interested in a starting point for discussion on why Wagner's works (NOT Wagner himself) have become a musical and spiritual influence in my life. It's the basics for [...]

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    3. The book gets 3 stars. Wagner's music, one and a half. I tried my best to enjoy it. Then I tried my best to appreciate it. Wagner wrote a lot of important and impressive stuff, but I didn't really like any of it. The best of it was over-worked, over-complicated, and proud of being both; the worst of it was - well, now I know where all those terrible parodies of opera come from. I don't like Wagner or his music. I can't say I regret its existence, what with how influential and far-reaching his wo [...]

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    4. This book is funny, informative, and very clever. Even if you already consider yourself a Wagner fan, you can learn a lot from this book. It discusses every opera that Wagner composed, and breaks them all down so even us mere mortals can understand. It points out moments to listen for, historical tidbits, and it also makes good fun of it all. I love Wagner - his operas are among my favorites. And this book is a lot of fun. Highly recommended.

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    5. See my review of Puccini Without Excuses - all the same applies here. Another really wonderful and accessible journey into the composer and his music. Wagner was a complicated and divisive person, so this was an excellent and honest portrait of his life and work.Perhaps the only downside to this book is that it created a hunger in me to go to the Bayreuth Festival. One Internet search alone was enough to reassure me that the waiting period for tickets still averages about 8 to 10 years!

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    6. Definitely a must-read for anyone interested in Richard Wagner and/or his operas. The author breaks down what is considered "heavier" opera so that even novice opera goers can have an improved experience at their next Wagner opera.

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    7. This book is a hoot: hardcore and hypertraditionalist Wagnerites may blanch at the irreverent look at the maestro's music-dramas, but any book that includes hints on when to go to the bathroom and when you're likely to doze off is worth a read for the amusement factor.

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    8. A very good non-technical analysis of the operas. I learned a lot from this book.

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    9. Fascinating pulled off the shelf and reread to accompany the PBS Wagner week 2 weeks ago

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    10. This book is an excellent introduction to Wagner!

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