Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) Paperback / softback
Edited by john Nicholas
Part of the Calder Opera Guides in Association with the English National Opera (ENO) series
This opera has been described as "the longest single smile in the German language".
But Roland Matthews indicates that violence is not far beneath the surface of this portrait of medieval Nuremberg.
Arnold Whittall's analysis gives a bird's-eye view of the complexity of the score.
Timothy McFarland explores the significance of the choice of subject: that nostalgia for a pre-industrial community, which was a symptom of the German nationalist movement.
The long text has many subtleties which opera audiences can hardly appreciate without reading it, and the musical themes are numbered to indicate where they occur. Contents: `My most genial creation...', Roland Matthews; A Musical Commentary, Amold Whittall; Wagner's Nuremberg, Timothy McFarland; Die Meistersingers von Nurnberg: Poem by Richard Wagner; The Mastersingers of Nuremberg: English translation by Frederick Jameson, revised by Gordon Kember and Norman Feasey
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 136 pages, pages b/w photos
- Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 07/02/2011
- Category: Opera
- ISBN: 9780714544205
- Paperback / softback from £9.79