"Represents a milestone in the history of Pfitzner scholarship....It is superbly produced."--Musical Times
"Marks a good start in remedying the lack of studies in English on its enigmatic subject....Recommended to all undergraduate and graduate libraries for both its social and musical content."--Choice
"[An] arresting exposition of the ideas and musical works of Hans Pfitzner..."--Choral Journal
From the Back Cover
For many reasons Hans Pfitzner was and remains controversial. This stems partly from his difficult personality, partly from the nationalist context in which he set his cultural beliefs. His music has also tended to be coloured by such labels as conservative and romantic. Yet he actually has a wide reputation for his 'musical legend' Palestrina, and there is much in his output which stamps him as a true heir of Wagner and Schumann. This is the first study of Pfitzner's output in English. It sets his music in the context of his cultural opinions, which, though conceived as reflections on music, have acquired a more political status to which the history of Pfitzner's times has contributed. It offers a revaluation of his music, partly in order to reveal the innate value of his stage works, chamber music, and songs, and also to illustrate the historical importance of his ideas, which reflect a German conservative tradition which was taken over and nearly destroyed by the Third Reich.