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This is the first of several in-depth studies of Wagner and his music by the renowned music critic Ernest Newman (1868-1959), leading up to the great four-volume biography The Life of Richard Wagner, published 1933-47. This 1899 work presents a thoroughly researched critical analysis of the composer's aesthetics, philosophy, social and political ideas, and their expression through his musical development and theoretical writings. As Newman states in his introduction, his exploration of Wagner's personality through his works ...

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