Parsifal: The Will and Redemption: Exploring Richard Wagner`s Final Treatise

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Parsifal: The Will and Redemption: Exploring Richard Wagner`s Final Treatise

Parsifal is Richard Wagner’s final musical and philosophical treatise to the world. Since its introduction to opera houses beyond Bayreuth, many have shared their insights about what the spiritual and religious meanings were regarding this work. However, Wagner himself knew what he meant when he conceived it and had a definite purpose for the work. For instance, on September 7th, 1865, Wagner wrote to Mathilde Wesendonck and defined the meaning of Kundry’s kiss, its impact on Parsifal and the drama. In “Parsifal: The Will and Redemption,” Dr. Mastrogiovanni, an educator in theology for more than 30 years, as well as a student of Wagner’s music since the age of five, utilizes Wagner’s own concepts from his letters and prose works to help define the meaning of this amazing Sacred Stage Drama. As a recent lecturer in Bayreuth said, “If you love Wagner’s Ring and feel ready to enter his last opera Parsifal – this is the book to accompany you.”

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces

History

Richard Wagner’s Parsifal

First seen in 1882, Wagner’s final masterpiece was written specifically for the space and acoustics of the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, where it was meant to be performed exclusively. The Met presented the first staged production outside Bayreuth in 1903. With a score of magnificent subtlety and beauty and a story that blends the legend of the Holy Grail with Christian imagery, Buddhist ideas, and 19th-century European philosophy, Parsifal is a unique work that transcends the boundaries of the standard repertoire. “Parsifal is not just an opera—it’s a mission,” says François Girard, who directed the Met’s acclaimed 2013 production. “At the end of his life, Wagner was trying to reconcile all the aspects of his spirituality. It’s a sacred piece in the history of music.”

 

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