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By William Kinderman, Katherine R. Syer

Richard Wagner's Parsifal is still an inexhaustible but hugely debatable paintings. This "stage consecration competition play," because the composer defined it, represents the end result of his efforts to convey medieval fantasy and glossy track jointly in a dynamic dating. Wagner's engagement with religion--Buddhist in addition to Christian--reaches a climax the following, as he seeks via creative potential "to rescue the essence of faith via perceiving its legendary symbols . . . in line with their figurative price, permitting us to work out their profound, hidden fact via idealized representation." The participants to this assortment holiday clean floor in exploring the textual content, the tune, and the reception heritage of Parsifal. Wagner's borrowings-and departures-from the medieval assets of the Grail legend, Wolfram's Parzival and Chr?©tien's Perceval, are thought of intimately, and the tensional relation of the paintings to Christianity is probed. New views emerge that undergo at the lengthy genesis of the textual content and track, its affinities to Wagner's previous works, quite Tristan und Isolde, and the appropriate manner during which the tune used to be composed. Essays deal with the work's daring, modernistic musical language and its remarkable soundscape concerning hidden choruses and different unseen resources of sound. The turbulent, superb, and occasionally demanding historical past of Parsifal performances from 1882 until eventually 2004 is traced in brilliant element for the 1st time, demonstrating the abiding fascination exerted by way of this uniquely demanding murals. individuals: Mary A. Cicora, James M. McGlathery, Ulrike Kienzle, Warren Darcy, Roger Allen. William Kinderman and Katherine Syer educate on the college of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and infrequently lead learn seminars in the course of the Wagner pageant in Bayreuth, Germany.

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In the case of Parsifal, we have a lengthy letter to Mathilde Wesendonk (dating from May 29/30, 1859) outlining what Wagner felt were the faults of Wolfram’s Parzival. The medieval romance was obviously unsuitable for stage presentation due to its epic scale: Wagner’s first task was to condense and simplify the panoramic scope of the action. Thus he streamlined the action, locales, cast of characters, and plot. Both Wolfram’s Parzival and Wagner’s Parsifal are, Wapnewski writes, predestined to cure the Grail King.

Liszt had become an abbé and was then living at the monastery of Santa Francesca Romana in Rome. 46 Healy recalled: The Abbé himself came down to greet us, a Roman candlestick held aloft to light the way. His characteristic head, with its long, iron-grey hair, sharply etched features, and penetrating black eyes, and his tall, slim figure shrouded in priestly vestments produced so impressive a picture that Longfellow let out an involuntary whisper: “Mr. ”47 The warmth of this personal encounter between Longfellow and Liszt was reflected in further meetings in early January 1869, gatherings that included Liszt’s longtime companion Princess Carolyne Sayn-Wittgenstein and the poet’s sister, Alice Longfellow, who wrote enthusiastic reports about Liszt’s extraordinary piano playing.

23 THE LITERARY BACKGROUND OF PARSIFAL 43 society through a Buddhist brand of universal compassion with all living creatures. 26 Ursula Schulze designates Wagner’s work “Parzival as redeemer” and argues that it represents a watershed in the modern reception and reinterpretation of the figure of Parzival. The elimination of Gawan and his adventures to a mere mention signifies much more than condensation for dramatic purposes. Schulze finds that the Arthurian world has been eradicated from Wagner’s drama.

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