In the vast literature on Richard Wagner, Ernest Newman’s classic four-volume Life remains unsurpassed.
Volume II carries the story from 1848 to 1860. It describes the important, formative years in Wagner’s life and reconstructs his role in the Dresden rising of 1849. Newman also discusses the changes that the Ring poem underwent during this period and illuminates Wagner’s relations with his wife Minna, his mentor Liszt, and his circle in Zürich.
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Published by Knopf Jun 25, 2014| 647 Pages| ISBN 9780804152365