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Music and MonumentalityCommemoration and Wonderment in Nineteenth Century Germany$
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Alexander Rehding

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385380

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385380.001.0001

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Classical Values

Classical Values

(p.109) Chapter Four Classical Values
Music and Monumentality

Alexander Rehding

Oxford University Press

Although both Wagner and Gluck are two prominent operatic reformers who contributed between the eighteenth century and the nineteenth century, Franz Brendel and probably a number of other observers perceived how the first encounter of these two was not without certain conflicts. Wagner, although he was well-aware of how Gluck was a significant figure in the music scene and how his contributions cannot be undermined, was able to make relatively harsh comments because of his disappointment in Gluck’s works. Wagner, however, felt the need to appreciate Gluck’s works although he could not reconcile the progressive spirit of the works. This chapter shows how Wagner could not accept how Gluck was considered a “classic,” and that he had to deal with this situation by modifying the link between music history and tradition in performances.

Keywords:   Wagner, Gluck, Franz Brendel, classic, music history, performance, tradition

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