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Wagner's Parsifal

William Kinderman


This detailed study of Parsifal, a work described by the composer as his "last card," explores the evolution of the text and music of this inexhaustible yet highly controversial music drama across Wagner's entire career, and offers a reassessment of the ideological and political history of Parsifal that illuminates the connection of Wagner's legacy to the rise of National Socialism in Germany. The compositional genesis is traced through many unfamiliar sketches and manuscript sources held at Bayreuth, revealing unsuspected models and veiled connections to Wagner's earlier works. The work’s rel ... More

Keywords: Genesis, ideology, National Socialism, Christianity, tonal pairing, anti-Semitism, Holy Grail, redemption, Bayreuth, Sketches

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780195366921
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366921.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Kinderman, author
Professor of Musicology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

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