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Wagner Without Fear: Learning to Love--and Even Enjoy--Opera's Most Demanding Genius Paperback – September 29, 1998
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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.
- 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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Top Customer Reviews
The book contains a brief section on biography followed by a great introduction to each of Wagner's operas. I read each of the opera introductions at least twice and then watch the opera on DVD (The Met's version by Levine). What a treat!
I do understand how some of the more scholarly amongst us find this work shallow and demeaning. But friends, for someone like myself, who does not read music; and has no formal training in music, books such as these are a good first start. And who knows - this book may introduce some yet unknown kid to the joys of opera.
Excellent work. Thank you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written with graphic description of the operas along with useful commentary.Published 2 months ago by disappointed on one item, other itrems fine
This book is packed with information about Wagner and his operas. I learned a great deal, even after having read Wagner's autobiography. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Writer/Reader
If you want to understand Wagner this is a book to start with. Well written, well researched.Published 14 months ago by Celloteacher
This is a delightful as well as useful book. The writing is amusing and entertaining. It doesn't claim to be an exhaustive study of the man and his operas, but there is plenty of... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Brenda Brown
I very much enjoyed this book. It's got a nice synopsis of each major work some helpful hints for a Wagner newbie. I wouldn't take his recording recommendations at face value. Read morePublished 20 months ago by gellio
This is a book that covers more than just Wagner, it talks about the period of what was going on during his time, most interesting. Read morePublished 21 months ago by JoeBulldog