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The Art of Dying

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674335639

Publication Date: 03/23/2004

239 pages

10 halftones

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  • List of Illustrations
  • Introduction: Music and “Murky Death”
  • 1. The Contemplation of Death
  • 2. Eros and Thanatos: Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde
  • 3. “All That Is, Ends”: Living while Dying in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen
  • 4. Orphic Rituals of Bereavement
  • 5. “’Tis a Consummation Devoutly to Be Wish’d”: Staging Suicide
  • 6. The Undead
  • Coda: “Be Acquainted with Death Betimes…”
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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