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Wagner the Mystic

John J. Pohanka

ISBN 10: 0615366481 / ISBN 13: 9780615366487
Published by The Wagner Society of Washington, D.C.
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Title: Wagner the Mystic

Publisher: The Wagner Society of Washington, D.C.

Book Condition:Fair

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The kinship between religious mysticism and the transformative experience of listening to Wagner's music lies at the heart of this unique and illuminating book. John Pohanka, a life-long student of philosophy and founding member of the Washington Wagner Society, applies the perspectives of both music-lover and philosopher to help us appreciate and understand this phenomenon. Delving into Wagner's writings and methods, Pohanka traces influences on Wagner's thoughts from as diverse sources of mystical philosophy as Plato, Schopenhauer, Jesus and Buddha. Pohanka also explores the recurring motifs of mysticism that permeate the operas, including the ineffable wonder of becoming one with the universal, the falling away of time and space, the paradox of finding oneself only through losing oneself, and salvation through transcendence. Wagner's creation of the invisible orchestra and ritualistic celebration at Bayreuth further reinforce the religious aspect of his revolutionary approach to opera

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John Pohanka is a Trustee and past Chairman of Washington National Opera and a founding member of the Wagner Society of Washington, D.C. He writes and lectures on Wagner and Opera as Theatre.

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