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Wagner’s Treatment of the Story

ROGER SCRUTON

in Death-Devoted Heart

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195166910
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863938 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166910.003.0003
Wagner’s Treatment of the Story

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This chapter analyzes Wagner's opera. Wagner's three acts focus on three climactic moments: that of the first avowal of love, at the very moment when Isolde is to be given in marriage to King Marke; that of the betrayal by Melot and the discovery of Tristan and Isolde by the royal hunting party; and that of the death and transfiguration of the lovers. In each of these moments Tristan and Isolde vow to die and attempt to do so; only in the last do they succeed. Everything superfluous to this central narrative is removed.

Keywords: Wagner; opera; Tristan und Isolde; Prelude

Chapter.  14471 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Opera

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