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Author Hilmes, Oliver.

Uniform Title Herrin des Hugels. English
Title Cosima Wagner : the lady of Bayreuth / Oliver Hilmes ; translated by Stewart Spencer.

Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, 2010.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  782.1 W1247Bh 2010    ---  Available
Description xviii, 366 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [349]-354) and index.
Language Translated from the German.
Summary In this meticulously researched book, Oliver Hilmes paints a fascinating and revealing picture of the extraordinary Cosima Wagner--illegitimate daughter of Franz Liszt, wife of the conductor Hans von Bulow, then mistress and subsequently wife of Richard Wagner. After Wagner's death in 1883 Cosima played a crucial role in the promulgation and politicization of his works, assuming control of the Bayreuth Festival and transforming it into a shrine to German nationalism. The High Priestess of the Wagnerian cult, Cosima lived on for almost fifty years, crafting the image of Richard Wagner through her organizational ability and ideological tenacity. The first book to make use of the available documentation at Bayreuth, this biography explores the achievements of this remarkable and obsessive woman while illuminating a still-hidden chapter of European cultural history [Publisher description]
Contents A childhood without parents (1837-55) -- A marriage of convenience (1855-64) -- Wagner (1864-83) -- The first lady of Bayreuth (1883-1900) -- A new era (1900-14) -- The long end (1914-30).
Subject Wagner, Cosima, 1837-1930.
Opera producers and directors -- Germany -- Bayreuth -- Biography.
Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883.
Wagner family.
Bayreuther Festspiele.
ISBN 9780300152159 (cl : alk. paper)

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