Stephan Mösch, Wagners Parsifal in Bayreuth
In the summer of 1882, Parsifal received its première at the Bayreuth Festival. The production, supervised by Wagner himself, was shown on the “Green Hill” after his death until 1933 and is intimately linked with the Festival both in the history of ideas and the history of performance.
This study combines the opera’s history with institutional, cultural, and intellectual history in an attempt to come as close as possible to its “performance” in the abstract. In the process, many unpublished sources are analyzed. A separate chapter is devoted to the conductor of the première, Hermann Levi, and the experiences he had to endure in Bayreuth as a Jew. Rounding off the book is a detailed section of documents, including letters and memoranda from archives in Bayreuth, Munich, and Vienna.
Author: Mösch, Stephan
first published 2009
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