© 2007

Richard Wagner for the New Millennium

Essays in Music and Culture

  • Editors
  • Matthew Bribitzer-Stull
  • Alex Lubet
  • Gottfried Wagner

Part of the Studies in European Culture and History book series (SECH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Keynote Article

  3. Wagner’s Music

  4. Wagner and Society

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 209-216

About this book


Please note this is a 'Palgrave to Order' title (PTO). Stock of this book requires shipment from an overseas supplier. It will be delivered to you within 12 weeks. A central concern of this study is the relationship between Wagner the artist and Wagner the social phenomenon. Many of the essays within explore the most difficult yet most crucial issue in Wagner studies: the impact of the composer's problematic world view and complex personal life on his musical/dramatic creations.


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About the authors

ALEX LUBERT is Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music, Jewish Studies, and American Studies at the University of Minnesota, USA.

MATTHEW BRIBITZER-STULL is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of Minnesota, USA.

GOTTFRIED WAGNER is great-grandson of composer Richard Wagner and great-great grandson of composer-pianist Franz Liszt. Dr. Wagner works internationally as a multimedia lecturer, director (stage, video, and radio), musicologist, and author.

Bibliographic information


'The promise is great: a 'dissonant' reading of Wagner's operas for the 'New' Millennium.This rich and varied account of Wagner as understood at the beginning of the 21st century summarizes and continues those powerful debates that so marked the close of the 20th century: the debate about Wagner and anti-Semitism leads now into an original reading of 'Wagner and disability'; studies examine 'Wagner and performance' from Glenn Gould to contemporary Israel; essays on the opera's structure and its meanings ask difficult questions for our time.A valuable addition to your Wagner library.' - Sander L. Gilman, Emory University

'This collection of essays offers ample evidence that our fascination with Wagner and his works continues unabated across the millennial divide, both in the popular and the scholarly realms.The papers in this collection focus primarily on Wagner's still disturbing anti-Semitism, and on crucial aspects of his formidable compositional technique associative musical themes, harmonic and tonal structure, and formal structure.Both cultural historians and musical scholars will find much of interest here.' - Patrick McCreless, Yale University