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Wagner's autobiography, first published by Constable in 1911, tells, as no one else possibly could, the real nature of the great composer, whose music continues to hypnotize millions. My Life is celebrated for its frankness - it is the self-confession of a genius. But it is also the sole source of information about many aspects of Wagner's life and work, about the origin and inspiration of his great masterworks from Rienzi to Parsifal.
The continuing intrinsic importance of this book is emphasized in Lord Harewood's foreword.
'What music expresses,' writes Wagner, 'is eternal, infinite and ideal: it does not express the passion, love or longing of such and such an individual but passion, love or longing in itself and this it presents in that unlimited variety of motivations which is the exclusive and particular characteristic of music, foreign and inexpressible to any other language.'
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This reprint is of the first English paperback edition of Richard Wagner's autobiography. This is a primary document of enormous importance for all Wagner enthusiasts, being virtually the sole source of information of the composer's childhood and youth.About the Author:
Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is primarily known for his operas (or, as some of his later works were later known, "music dramas"). Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the libretto and the music for each of his stage works. Initially establishing his reputation as a composer of works in the romantic vein of Weber and Meyerbeer, Wagner revolutionised opera through his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk ("total work of art"), by which he sought to synthesise the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts, with music subsidiary to drama, and which was announced in a series of essays between 1849 and 1852. Wagner realised these ideas most fully in the first half of the four-opera cycle "Der Ring des Nibelungen" (The Ring of the Nibelung). His compositions, particularly those of his later period, are notable for their complex textures, rich harmonies and orchestration, and the elaborate use of leitmotifs—musical phrases associated with individual characters, places, ideas or plot elements. His advances in musical language, such as extreme chromaticism and quickly shifting tonal centres, greatly influenced the development of classical music. His "Tristan und Isolde" is sometimes described as marking the start of modern music.
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Book Description Constable 05/09/1994, 1994. Condition: Good. Shipped within 24 hours from our UK warehouse. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in good condition. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee. Seller Inventory # 2341-9780094738607
Book Description Constable 05/09/1994, 1994. Condition: Very Good. Shipped within 24 hours from our UK warehouse. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in very good condition. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee. Seller Inventory # 6545-9780094738607
Book Description Constable and Company Limited, London, England, 1994. Trade Paperback. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Later Printing. Standard used condition. Reading copy or better. Used Book. Seller Inventory # 309417
Book Description -. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. My Life This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. Seller Inventory # 7719-9780094738607
Book Description -. Hardcover. Condition: Good. My Life This book is in good or better condition. It has no tears to the pages and no pages will be missing from the book. The spine of the book is still in great condition and the front cover is generally unmarked. It has signs of previous use but overall is in really nice, tight condition. Shipping is normally same day from our UK warehouse. We offer a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. Seller Inventory # 9053-9780094738607
Book Description Constable & Company Ltd, London, 1994. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. N/A (illustrator). 1993. Constable, London, 1993. Hard Cover. Book condition : Very good, clean text, appears little read. Jacket has shelf wear, spine faded. This addition first published in Great Britain 1911. Heavy book may require extra postage. Book will be sent by Uk postal service.Bookseller Inventory #006293. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N/A. Hard Back. Seller Inventory # 006293
Book Description Constable, 1994. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First in This Edition. The spine of the dustwrapper is faded. Seller Inventory # 005550
Book Description Constable & Robinson Ltd, United Kingdom, 1994. Hardbound. Condition: Near New. Reprint Edition. This reprint of the original 1911 book is apparently uncommon in the 1994 hardcover issue. This is a fine copy in a fine dust jacket. No prior owner markings or bookplates, unread appearance, tight and clean. Jacket has no chips or tears and is not price-clipped. Book. Seller Inventory # 011427