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ISBN: 0070684790
Author: Derek Watson
Language: English
Publisher: McGraw-Hill (February 1, 1983)
Pages: 384
Category: Music
Subcategory: Art
Rating: 4.5
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Because, hard as it is to be fair in the treatment of a controversial figure like Wagner, Derek Watson succeeds

Watson manages to balance the despicable character flaws of the composer with his incomparable musical genius. The final chapter in this book should be a required reading to all wagnerites. Because, hard as it is to be fair in the treatment of a controversial figure like Wagner, Derek Watson succeeds. He doesn't gloss over Wagner's bad habits, chief of which are his abuse of friends and supporters, his virulent anti-Semitism, his self-indulgence, and his continuing problems regarding his own money and the money of others. Yet Watson also balances these vices with a bigger picture of the man's incredible creative abilities.

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In this superb new biography, Derek Watson strips away the clouds of confusion and myth, the adoration and the hatred, that surround this remarkable life. The most authoritative biography to date. the most complete data, based on the largest number of primary sources. lively, interesting reading. A sympathetic, but coolheaded and thoroughly realistic appraisal of the monstrous genius, his times, his friends, his passions and his phobias.

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Richard Wagner wrote his first opera, "The Fairies," at the age of 21. He used all elements of theater, from music to lighting, to create "total art work. Learn more about the life of German composer Richard Wagner, who is famous for his complex operas and infamous for his anti-semitic writings, at Biography.

Richard Watson (born 1961) is an English author, lecturer and futurist known for his 2007 book Future Files: a Brief History of The Next 50 Years and for his infographics.

Richard Watson (born 1961) is an English author, lecturer and futurist known for his 2007 book Future Files: a Brief History of The Next 50 Years and for his infographics, especially his Trends & Technology Timeline 2010-2050 and the Timeline of Emerging Science and Technology 2015-2030.

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Author: Derek Watson ISBN 10: 046003166X. Title: Richard Wagner: A Biography Item Condition: used item in a very good condition. Published On: 1979-10-01 SKU: 6545-9780460031660. Read full description. By (author) Derek Watson.

Presents an in-depth profile of the controversial German composer Richard Wagner, with a particular focus on his personal life, based on intensive research into the private papers of the Wagner family archives

Comments:

OCARO
I found this biography the best of them all, and I have read several biographies of Wagner. Mr. Watson manages to balance
the despicable character flaws of the composer with his incomparable musical genius. The final chapter in this book should be
a required reading to all wagnerites.
MARK BEN FORD
Thorough and of a reasonable length.
Nicanagy
complete and interesting--absent are his vastly accumulated writings that are completely anti-Jewish and quite sick-emphasized are his intellectual peaceful musical nicities--which were rare--I wonder what the author was afraid of?
Frei
An informed biography about a strange and sometimes a despicable man. The biographer takes the good and the bad and shows how he became one of the most amazing musicians in the world. Too bad about that Hitler thing, but I hope in time it can be taken back.
Celen
I've read a lot of books on Richard Wagner, and this is the one I'd recommend as the single best book.

Why?

Because, hard as it is to be fair in the treatment of a controversial figure like Wagner, Derek Watson succeeds. He doesn't gloss over Wagner's bad habits, chief of which are his abuse of friends and supporters, his virulent anti-Semitism, his self-indulgence, and his continuing problems regarding his own money and the money of others. Yet Watson also balances these vices with a bigger picture of the man's incredible creative abilities. He knew he was a genius, and others saw this too--to the extent that they willingly allowed themselves to be taken advantage of.

In addition to a fair and balanced summary of Wagner's life, there is a glossary of major figures in Wagner's life, and dozens of photographs of Wagner and his contemporaries. If I could have only a single book on Wagner, this would be my choice!
Whitegrove
I found this book an excellent introduction to Wagner's life and works. It presents the Jekyll / Hyde personality of the composer while emphasizing his genius and his inability to accept mediocre performances of his, or anyone else's works. I found this book very readable and interesting throughout.

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