Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Quest for the Gesamtkunstwerk and Richard Wagner$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Hilda Meldrum Brown

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199325436

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199325436.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 03 June 2020

Goethe’s Faust

Goethe’s Faust

Gesamtkunstwerk or Universaltheater?

Chapter:
(p.59) 3 Goethe’s Faust
Source:
The Quest for the Gesamtkunstwerk and Richard Wagner
Author(s):

Hilda Meldrum Brown

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199325436.003.0004

Goethe’s Faust and Wagner’s Ring cycle represent twin peaks in 19th-century art, and this chapter focuses on whether, like its counterpart, Faust can be described as a Gesamtkunstwerk. It demonstrates Goethe’s lifelong attempts to find a suitable form of music to match his dramatic poem, and in so doing brings to light some of the basic problems which arise in collaborative projects, problems which Wagner solved by himself writing both libretto and music. Like Wagner Goethe was a ‘man of the theatre’ but primarily a literary genius who was distrustful of the extent to which his ‘dramatic poem’ might suffer at the hands of musicians (including even Beethoven). The case of Faust raises the question of whether the Gesamtkunstwerk, at the level of fusion achieved by Wagner, could be successful in collaboration, or any progress achievable in the long-standing debate about the relationship between words and music.

Keywords:   Goethe and Wagner, Faust, Prince Radziwill, Lied, Beethoven, libretto, Singspiel, Melodram

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .