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`you can do no better than rush out and buy Aspects of Wagner, one of the most stimulating books on music and opera it has been my priviledge to read.' Classical Music
`this set of essays makes an ideal introduction to Bayreuth's favourite son' Washington Post
`the best short book on Richard Wagner in English' New Statesman and Society
`One of the best, most illuminating, and shortest, discussions of Wagner's work ever written...one of the most stimulating books on music and opera it has been my privilege to read' Classical Music
`This 20-year-old instant classic, pithy, thoughtful, illuminating, now gains a new chapter on - oddly enough - the least discussed side of Wagner, the music itself.' Christopher Grier, London Evening Standard
`the intensely readable style as well as the interest of the subject-matter holds the attention from beginning to end ...Magee's book remains one which no-one who ventures to give an opinion on Wagner should have failed to read.' S. A. Music Teacher
`Each of these essays offer much that is thought-provoking, examining not only the musical works but also the prose works in which Wagner formulated and set out his ideas on art literature, poetry and the theatre. It is good to have a new edition of this highly readable little volume, which was first published in 1968.'
`Altogether, among the millions of pages written about one of the most complex minds in European history, this little book makes a contribution both original and thought provoking, quite out of proportion to its size.' Sir Charles Mackerras
From reviews of the first edition...
`The revised edition of this brief but near-classic analysis of Wagner's work has not lost its most distinctive quality; usually for a book of this kind, it demands to be read at one sitting - or even, one admirer has insisted, in a single bathtime.' Independent
Bryan Magee is a writer, critic, and broadcaster and author of Men of Ideas and The Great Philosophers.
Excellent short study of some aspects of Wagner. In clear, opinionated and non-academic prose, it examines some of the key issues in dealing with Wagner and his legacy. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Anne Mills
This is another great book from Professor Magee which is a must read
for any Wagnerian. Although less than 100 pages, it is Insightful and scholarly. Read more
Read it!! Assigned as a college text long ago, I now give it to many musician friends (and others). Thought-provoking, insightful, brilliant!Published on July 1, 2013 by Kathy in Denver
Having read "Tristan Chord", I'm curious what is new in this book. Magee certainly knows his subject. Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by richard b.
Aspects of Wagner,2nd edition(1988).After 2 decades still the best short introduction to Wagner.Five pointed essays on perhaps the 5 most controversial aspects of the... Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by technoguy
This is a short book of 6 essays, less than 90 pages of text. Yet it covers Wagner's career as composer and dramatist and traces his enormous influence on music after him. Read morePublished on January 29, 2012 by George Goldberg
Aspects of Wagner
Oxford University Press, Paperback, 1988.
Revised and Enlarged edition.
First published in 1968. Read more
I find it a bit ironic that some of the reviews here seem to be longer than the book itself! It's short, pithy and covers the topics most often raised by Wagner-haters. Read morePublished on October 2, 2009 by Agnes Tomorrow