‘Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t’: A Counterfactual Analysis of Richard Wagner’s ‘Tannhäuser’

@article{Chrissochoidis2014ThoughTB,
  title={‘Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t’: A Counterfactual Analysis of Richard Wagner’s ‘Tannh{\"a}user’},
  author={Ilias Chrissochoidis and Ilias Heike Steffen Wieland Harmgart and Ilias Heike Steffen Wieland Huck and Ilias Heike Steffen Wieland M{\"u}ller},
  journal={Music and Letters},
  year={2014},
  volume={95},
  pages={584 - 602}
}
The eponymous hero of Wagner’s Tannhäuser treads a path of stark contrasts and rapid swings that culminate in the opera’s central episode, the song contest at Wartburg. Instead of securing his reintegration within the court with a brilliant performance, Tannhäuser spoils the event with insolent remarks and the exhibitionist disclosure of his Venusberg experience. His behaviour offends his peers, scandalizes the court, breaks Elisabeth’s heart, and brings him to the edge of death. Why would he… CONTINUE READING

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