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Titel: Wagner nights: an American history
Verlag: Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
, xiv, 389pp., pp. of plates: ill. 24 cm, very good dust-jacket, very good hardcover, California studies in 19th-century music, 9. "Joseph Horowitz's Wagner Nights is a revelation. He brings the conductor Anton Seidl to vivid life and even more surprisingly the legions of his fans, mostly women. Horowitz's conclusions about why women turned on to Wagner could not be more arresting - and are probably right. An insightful, brilliant book" (Spright Jenkins, Seattle Opera). ISBN 0520083946 . Buchnummer des Verkäufers 22020
Inhaltsangabe: As never before or since, Richard Wagner's name dominated American music-making at the close of the nineteenth century. Europe, too, was obsessed with Wagner, but - as Joseph Horowitz shows in this first history of Wagnerism in the United States - the American obsession was unique. The central figure in "Wagner Nights" is conductor Anton Seidl (1850-1898), a priestly and enigmatic personage in New York musical life. Seidl's own admirers included the women of the Brooklyn-based Seidl Society, who wore the letter "S" on their dresses. In the summers, Seidl conducted fourteen times a week at Brighton Beach, filling the three-thousand-seat music pavilion to capacity. The fact that most Wagnerites were women was a distinguishing feature of American Wagnerism and constituted a vital aspect of the fin-de-siecle ferment that anticipated the New American Woman. Drawing on the work of such cultural historians as T. Jackson Lears and Lawrence Levine, Horowitz's history reveals an "Americanized" Wagner never documented before and offers a history of American culture a century ago.
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