Beethoven. BEETHOVEN, Richard Wagner.


Leipzig: E.W. Fritzsch, 1870.

Octavo. Original publisher's dark ivory printed wrappers with titling within double-lined border. 1f. (recto half-title, verso blank), 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. ("Vorwort"), 73, [i] (blank) pp. Colophon to verso of lower wrapper.

Wrappers worn, slightly soiled, and foxed; several small edge chips and tears; lower detached. Slightly worn; occasional foxing; margins slightly soiled and dampstained, heavier to lower.

First Edition. Kastner p. 76. Oesterlein I, p. 6.

"In the essay Beethoven, published in 1870 to coincide with the centenary celebrations of the composer, Wagner completed a process of rapprochement, initiated with ‘Zukunftsmusik’ ten years earlier, between the aesthetics of Oper und Drama and those of Schopenhauer. In ‘Zukunftsmusik’ Wagner continued to elevate his own species of text-related musical discourse above pure instrumental music, but the claim is modified by a reappraisal of the worth of symphonic music, particularly that of Beethoven. In Beethoven he finally accepts that words and music cannot enjoy totally equal status: with Schopenhauer, he maintains that music is the ultimate vehicle of expression."

" ... Like all composers of his era, Wagner grew up in the shadow of Beethoven and the Classical symphonic tradition. His obsession with Beethoven, revealed both in the autobiographical writings and in fictional stories such as the novella Eine Pilgerfahrt zu Beethoven, reflected a perceived need to confront that tradition, acknowledging the legacy of Beethoven and at the same time staking a claim as his natural successor." Barry Millington, John Deathridge, Carl Dahlhaus and Robert Bailey in Grove Music Online.

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