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Chaos and Dancing Star : Wagner's Politics, Wagner's Legacy
by Roy Pateman 
(Paperback)

Aspects of Wagner
by Bryan Magee 
(Paperback - October 1988)

Das Rheingold in Full Score
by Richard Wagner
Book Description: Hard-to-find complete score of first installment of celebrated Ring Cycle encapsulates Wagner's greatest achievements in shortest, most accessible form. Reproduced in a clear, modern engraving with large, legible notation from authoritative B. Schott's edition. Virtually nowhere else will you find this great masterpiece in such an eminently usable format. New translation of German frontmatter.
(Paperback - September 1985)
 

Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner's Ring
by Philip Kitcher, Richard Schacht
Book Description: Few musical works loom as large in Western culture as Richard Wagner's four-part Ring of the Nibelungs. In Finding an Ending, two eminent philosophers, Philip Kitcher and Richard Schacht, offer an illuminating look at this greatest of Wagner's achievements, focusing on its far-reaching and subtle exploration of problems of meanings and endings in this life and world. Kitcher and Schacht plunge the reader into the heart of Wagner's Ring, drawing out the philosophical and human significance of the text and the music. They show how different forms of love, freedom, heroism, authority, and judgment are explored and tested as it unfolds. As they journey across its sweeping musical-dramatic landscape, Kitcher and Schacht lead us to the central concern of the Ring--the problem of endowing life with genuine significance that can be enhanced rather than negated by its ending, if the right sort of ending can be found. The drama originates in Wotan's quest for a transformation of the primordial state of things into a world in which life can be lived more meaningfully. The authors trace the evolution of Wotan's efforts, the intricate problems he confronts, and his failures and defeats. But while the problem Wotan poses for himself proves to be insoluble as he conceives of it, they suggest that his very efforts and failures set the stage for the transformation of his problem, and for the only sort of resolution of it that may be humanly possible--to which it is not Siegfried but rather Brunnhilde who shows the way. The Ring's ending, with its passing of the gods above and destruction of the world below, might seem to be devastating; but Kitcher and Schacht see a kind of meaning in and through the ending revealed to us that is profoundly affirmative, and that has perhaps never been so powerfully and so beautifully expressed. 
Hardcover from Oxford University Press
 
The Flying Dutchman in Full Score
by Richard Wagner 
(Paperback - May 1988)

The Flying Dutchman (The Black Dog Opera Library)
by Robert Levine, Richard Wagner
(Hardcover)

Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods) : In Full Score
by Richard Wagner 
(Paperback - February 1982)

Parsifal: The Finding of Christ Through Art or Richard Wagner As Theologian
by Albert Ross Parsons
(Paperback)

Parsifal on Record: A Discography of Complete Recordings, Selections, and Excerpts of Wagner's Music Drama (Discographies, No 48)
by Jonathan Brown (Compiler)
(Hardcover - August 1992)

Parsifal in Full Score
by Richard Wagner
(Paperback - September 1986)

Richard Wagner's the Ring of the Nibelung
by Gil Kane (Illustrator), et al
Paperback: 200 pages
Express; ISBN: 0932956203; 

Richard Wagner, Parsifal
by Lucy Beckett
(Paperback - December 1988)

Richard Wagner : Der Ring Des Nibelungen, Gotterdammerung, Siegfried, Die Walkure, Das Rheingold
by Rudolph Sabor, Richard Wagner 
(Paperback)

Ring of the Nibelung
by Richard Wagner, Andrew Porter (Translator)
Paperback: ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.84 x 7.70 x 5.00 
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company; (March 1983) 
ISBN: 0393008673 

Siegfried in Full Score
by Richard Wagner
Book Description: The third opera in Wagnerâ€ôs monumental tetralogy, Der Ring des Nibelungen, is reproduced here, complete and unabridged, from the first edition (1876). Wagner enthusiasts, opera lovers and musicians will appreciate this affordable edition of an influential Romantic-era masterpiece.
(Paperback - April 1983)

Tannhauser in Full Score
by Richard Wagner 
(Paperback - June 1984)
 

The Tristan Chord: Wagner and Philosophy
by Bryan Magee
Hardcover: 397 pages
Metropolitan Books; ISBN: 0805067884; (November )
 
Richard Wagner : Der Ring Des Nibelungen, Gotterdammerung, Siegfried, Die Walkure, Das Rheingold
by Rudolph Sabor, Richard Wagner 
(Paperback)

Tristan und Isolde on Record: A Comprehensive Discography of Wagner's Music Drama with a Critical Introduction to the Recordings (Discographies)
by Jonathan Brown 
(Library Binding)
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Wagner Without Fear : Learning to Love-And Even Enjoy-Opera's Most Demanding Genius
by William Berger 
(Paperback)

The Wagner Operas
by Ernest Newman
Ernest Newman's study of the major Wagner operas (from Der fliegende Holländer onwards) was originally published in 1949 and rapidly achieved the status of a classic opera text, which it retains to this day. There are plenty of other, differing treatments of the stories of the operas, but none as detailed or as dramatically aware as Newman's magisterial volume. Of course, the reprint does not contain information about the composer and his works that would later come to light, nor does it traffic in current modes of thought about the operas (in some cases, thankfully). What Newman does is begin with a history of the myth or the tales on which each opera is based, widening that out to a discussion of Wagner's interest in the story, his involvement with its genesis, and an account of how the work in question was created and first produced. Since in some cases this gestation took years, Newman's clear explication does much to lift the mists surrounding even the simplest of Wagner's operas. He then discusses each opera in detail. The plethora of musical examples and Newman's understanding of Wagner's use of the leitmotif ensure that his readings are responsive both to the histrionic and musical aspects of the stories.
Reading the details of the often complex backgrounds of the operas, as well as what goes on in the opera itself (the discussion of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg alone runs to more than 110 pages of text), should immeasurably enrich the listener's opera-going experience, even in this age of the surtitle. And an appreciation of the range and cogency of Wagner's musical and dramatic genius, which this book offers, will serve to balance the unflattering portrait of Wagner the human being that dominates today's thinking about the Master. --Patrick J. Smith - Amazon.com
Paperback: 746 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.53 x 9.23 x 6.10 
Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr; Reprint edition (September 23, 1991) 
ISBN: 0691027161

Wagner and Russia (Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature)
by Rosamund Bartlett
Hardcover: 405 pages
Cambridge University Press; ISBN: 0521440718; (February )

Wagner Handbook
by Richard Wagner (Editor), et al
(Hardcover - October 1992)
 

Wagner: The Terrible Man and His Truthful Art (General Interest)
by M. Owen Lee
Paperback from Univ of Toronto Pr
 
Wagner's Hitler : The Prophet and His Disciple
by Joachim Kohler, Ronald Taylor (Translator)
(Hardcover)
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