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Tragedy and Sacrifice

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/9780195166910.003.0006
Tragedy and Sacrifice

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This chapter argues that Wagner was one of the early inspirers of the new understanding of Greek tragedy and that the extent to which his own dramas were influenced by it, both in form and content, should be recognized. It is through reflecting on tragedy that we can best approach the mystery of Tristan und Isolde, a drama which proceeds toward death through every kind of mental, physical, and spiritual suffering, and which is yet one of the most consoling works of art to have been produced in modern times.

Keywords: Wagner; Tristan und Isolde; Greek tragedy

Chapter.  6150 words. 

Subjects: Opera

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