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Wagner and the Erotic Impulse

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$30.00 • £24.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674064294

Publication Date: 05/07/2012


288 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

1 line illustration, 11 music examples


  • Preface
  • Abbreviations
  • 1. Echoes
    • Music and Eros—Søren Kierkegaard—Suggestive Music—Peculiarities of Musical Erotics—Charles Baudelaire—Friedrich Nietzsche and Malwida von Meysenbug—Édouard Schuré and Hans von Bülow—Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld—Gabriele D’Annunzio and Thomas Mann—Wagner’s critics—Clara Schumann
  • 2. Intentions
    • Julius Kapp and Ernest Newman—Das Liebesverbot—Salvation from Arousal—Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient—Arthur Schopenhauer—Opera, Not Philosophy
  • 3. Harmonies
    • Der Fliegende HolländerTannhäuser—Erotics in the Literary Sources—A Tour of the Venusberg—Love in the Ring Poem—Die Walküre—Tristan und Isolde—The Tristan Chord—Musical Paradigms in the Tristan Prelude—Tristan, Act II—Renunciations of Love—Die Meistersinger and GötterdämmerungParsifal
  • 4. Pathologies
    • Theodor Puschmann—Nietzsche the Pathologist—Worries about Masturbation—Pink Satin and Rose Perfumes—Wagner and His Milliners—Judith Gautier—Julius Cyriax—Fetishism and Cross-dressing—Fabric and Perfumes in the Operas—Flower-Maidens—Kundry—James Gibbons Huneker—Paul Lindau, Max Kalbeck, and Paul Heyse—Berthold Auerbach and Daniel Spitzer—Max Nordau and Theodor Herzl—Otto Weininger—Effeminacy and Jewishness
  • 5. Homoerotics
    • Paul von Joukowsky and Pepino—Henry James—Richard von Krafft-Ebing and Oscar Panizza—Hanns Fuchs and the “Homosexual in Spirit”—Homosexual Sensibilities in German Literature—Ludwig II of Bavaria—Rejection of Pederasty—Signs of Romantic Friendship—Brangäne—Kurwenal—King Marke—Parsifal—Wagner and His Romantic Friends
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix: Musical Examples
  • Notes
  • Index

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