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Wagner the Progressive: <i>Another Look at Lohengrin</i>

John Deathridge

in Wagner Beyond Good and Evil

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780520254534
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934610 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520254534.003.0003
Wagner the Progressive: Another Look at Lohengrin

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It is often said that Wagner was uninterested in an analysis of his own music. However, in an open letter to Arigo Boito, Wagner expressed dissatisfaction with performances of Lohengrin he had seen. Lohengrin was his most popular but the least understood of Wagner's works. But his refusal to change hardly a note of it is surely a sign that it is closer to his later music dramas than is generally realized, and in a more profound sense than a superficial comparison of its motifs which the leitmotifs of the Ring can ever possibly demonstrate. Careful listening and an informed view of the revisions in his early works, however, suggest that it is in Lohengrin where the music of the future really begins.

Keywords: Wagner; Lohengrin; music; music dramas; analysis

Chapter.  6323 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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