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Wagner: The Last of the Titans

Wagner: The Last of the Titans

By Joachim Kohler
Translated by Stewart Spencer

This major new biography of Richard Wagner is iconoclastic, astringent and bold. It explores the philosophical roots of Wagner's work, which the composer himself deliberately obfuscated. It re-evaluates Wagner's relationships with his mother, step-father and - most revealingly - his wife, Cosima, standing received opinion on its head. And he meets head on, and confirms, the controversy over Wagner's anti-semitism. At the same time, and notwithstanding, Kohler profoundly acknowledges Wagner's genius. His biography should become the standard account for a good many years.

Hardback
704 pages
Yale University Press
ISBN 9780300104226

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