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Visible Deeds of MusicArt and Music from Wagner to Cage$
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Simon Shaw-Miller

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300083743

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300083743.001.0001

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“Deeds of Music Made Visible”

“Deeds of Music Made Visible”

Wagner, the Gesamtkunstwerk, and the Birth of the Modern

(p.36) Two “Deeds of Music Made Visible”
Visible Deeds of Music

Simon Shaw-Miller

Yale University Press

This chapter examines composer Richard Wagner's music and ideas at the time of Charles Baudelaire's definition of modernity, and discusses Wagner's argument that each separate art form tends to extend itself to its limits, which it cannot pass without losing itself in incomprehension. It also considers Wagner's Gesamtkunstwerk and Baudelaire's opinion about the need to recognize that here was an art which truly threatened the long-affirmed supremacy of poetry and which can turn poetry into a form of protomusic.

Keywords:   Richard Wagner, Wagner's music, Charles Baudelaire, art form, Gesamtkunstwerk, supremacy of poetry, protomusic

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