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By Roger Scruton

A story of forbidden love and inevitable loss of life, the medieval legend of Tristan and Isolde recounts the tale of 2 enthusiasts unknowingly consuming a magic potion and eventually loss of life in a single another's fingers. whereas critics have lauded Wagner's Tristan and Isolde for the originality and subtlety of the song, they've got denounced the drama as a "mere trifle"--a rendering of Wagner's forbidden love for Matilde Wesendonck, the spouse of a banker who supported him in the course of his exile in Switzerland.

Death-Devoted Heart explodes this verified interpretation, proving the drama to be greater than only a sublimation of the composer's love for Wesendonck or a wistful romantic dream. Scruton boldly attests that Tristan and Isolde has profound spiritual which means and continues to be as correct this day because it was once to Wagner's contemporaries. He additionally bargains willing perception into the character of erotic love, the sacred traits of human ardour, and the bizarre position of the erotic in our tradition. His argument touches at the nature of tragedy, the importance of formality sacrifice, and the which means of redemption, supplying a clean interpretation of Wagner's masterpiece. Roger Scruton has written an unique and provocative account of Wagner's song drama, which blends philosophy, feedback, and musicology so that it will exhibit the work's value within the twenty-first century.

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