Richard Wagner: The Lighter Side
The Lighter Side
by Terry Quinn
2013 is the 200th anniversary of Wagner’s birth
“There are many anecdotes, quotes and facts which were new to me (and I read lots). I find its combination of lightness and real content very satisfying.”
—Steve Sokolow, late president of the Wagner Society of Northern California
Despite the many negatives about the personality of Richard Wagner and his abhorrent views, there is plenty to have fun with. Giants, dragons, winged helmets, and a man who created “the music of the future” are all priceless gifts to critics, comedians, and cartoonists. Today, Wagner enthusiasts enjoy the magnificent dramas and beautiful music, but they also enjoy the stories of things that went wrong on the stage and the criticisms and put-downs by other composers.
Richard Wagner: The Lighter Side (Amadeus Press, Sept. 2013, $27.99) by Terry Quinn is an illustrated collection of curious facts, thought-provoking quotes, lively anecdotes, and inspirational tales from the life and works of the German composer. Appealing to classical music and opera enthusiasts in general, as well as members of the 135 Wagner Societies around the world, this book contains hundreds of tidbits and features. Illustrations include photographs, contemporary caricatures and engravings, beautiful postage stamps on Wagnerian subjects, and other reproductions of rare ephemera.
For more than twenty years, Terry Quinn has collected information on each of Wagner’s thirteen completed operas and the challenges encountered in staging them; famous Wagnerian directors, conductors, and singers; key people in the composer’s life, including the dysfunctional Wagner family; the festival and theater he created at Bayreuth; and a great deal more.
Virtually every aspect of Wagner’s life and works has been examined, usually in a serious or dark manner. It is time for some light relief.
Terry Quinn has been a Wagner enthusiast for more than fifty years, and this book grew from a collection of interesting information for use in lectures on Wagner that he forced on friends, neighbors, and anyone else who would listen. Before retiring, he held senior management positions with major American and Japanese corporations. He lives in Suffolk, UK and is available for interview.
Sept. 17, 2013
8” x 9.25”
Amadeus Press is an imprint of Hal Leonard