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Lies and Epiphanies Composers and Their Inspiration from Wagner to Berg

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ISBN-10: 1580464777

ISBN-13: 9781580464772

Edition: 2014

Authors: Chris Walton

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Lies and Epiphanies offers case studies of "inspiration" in five composers -- Richard Wagner, Gustav Mahler, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Richard Strauss, and Alban Berg. Their own tales of their "epiphanies" played a determining role in the reception history of their works: the finale of Mahler's Second Symphony was supposedly inspired by a "lightning bolt" of inspiration at the funeral of Hans von Bülow, while Alban Berg's Violin Concerto was purportedly his direct response to the tragic early death of Alma Mahler's daughter. Chris Walton looks behind these lightning bolts to explore instead these composers' dual roles as author and self-commentator, laying bare the fissures and inconsistencies…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: University of Rochester Press
Publication date: 6/30/2014
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 180
Size: 6.26" wide x 9.21" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English