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The capacity for love is incompatible with the pursuit of power.
In other words, Wagner's opinion of Mendelssohn's art says more about Germany, and indeed about Wagner, than it does about Mendelssohn - or about great art.
The six essays by Bryan Magee this book contains are not only short but very well written, easy to read and understand, and full of perceptive points.
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 8 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 14 months ago by Kathy in Denver
Having read "Tristan Chord", I'm curious what is new in this book. Magee certainly knows his subject. Read morePublished 15 months ago 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 19 months ago 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
Magee ended up outdoing himself in his later work "The Tristan Chord". And this is worth overall 4.5 stars for the same reasons: balanced, eminently insightful writing and just... Read morePublished on May 28, 2007 by Andrew DiGelsomina