Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan by Roger Scruton

By Roger Scruton

A story of forbidden love and inevitable loss of life, the medieval legend of Tristan and Isolde recounts the tale of 2 fanatics unknowingly consuming a magic potion and eventually death in a single another's palms. whereas critics have lauded Wagner's Tristan and Isolde for the originality and subtlety of the track, they've got denounced the drama as a "mere trifle"--a rendering of Wagner's forbidden love for Matilde Wesendonck, the spouse of a banker who supported him in the course of his exile in Switzerland.

Death-Devoted Heart explodes this tested interpretation, proving the drama to be greater than only a sublimation of the composer's love for Wesendonck or a wistful romantic dream. Scruton boldly attests that Tristan and Isolde has profound non secular that means and continues to be as correct at the present time because it used to be to Wagner's contemporaries. He additionally bargains prepared perception into the character of erotic love, the sacred characteristics of human ardour, and the unusual position of the erotic in our tradition. His argument touches at the nature of tragedy, the importance of formality sacrifice, and the which means of redemption, supplying a clean interpretation of Wagner's masterpiece. Roger Scruton has written an unique and provocative account of Wagner's tune drama, which blends philosophy, feedback, and musicology as a way to exhibit the work's value within the twenty-first century.

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