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Newman, Ernest 1868-1959

Works: 625 works in 2,044 publications in 5 languages and 29,549 library holdings
Genres: Stories, plots, etc  Biography  Biographies  Music  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Plot summaries  Autobiographies  Program music  Operas  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Dedicatee, Creator, Author of introduction, Narrator, Other, wpr, Contributor, Performer
Classifications: ML410.W1, 927.8
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Wagner as man & artist by Ernest Newman( Book )

102 editions published between 1900 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,965 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ernest Newman (1868-1959) was undoubtedly the greatest Wagnerian critic of his age. (His magisterial four-volume Life of Richard Wagner is also reissued in this series.) In this 1914 work, he attempts 'a complete and impartial psychological estimate' of a complex and frequently misinterpreted genius. He notes that such an attempt would have been impossible before the publication in 1911 of Wagner's autobiographical Mein Leben, but in his opening chapter he also warns against a naïve reading of that work, and of others by people 'who combine the maximum of good intentions with the minimum of critical insight'. He is clear-sighted about the strengths of Wagner the artist, not least his need to be 'the central sun of his universe', which of course led to Wagner the man behaving pettily, selfishly and frequently as a tyrant. This lucid account richly deserves its place in the history of Wagner studies
The Wagner operas: / by Ernest Newman by Ernest Newman( Book )

73 editions published between 1949 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,884 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyses of the operas, omitting Die Feen, Das Liebesverbot and Rienzi
The life of Richard Wagner ... by Ernest Newman( Book )

55 editions published between 1945 and 2014 in English and German and held by 1,685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ernest Newman's four-volume Life of Wagner, originally published between 1933 and 1947, remains a classic work of biography. The culmination of forty years' research on the composer and his works (Newman's first Study of Wagner was first published in 1899), these books present a detailed portrait of perhaps the most influential, the most controversial and the most frequently reviled composer in the whole history of western music. Newman was aware that no biography can ever claim to be complete or completely accurate: 'The biographer can at no stage hope to have reached the final truth. All he can do is to make sure that whatever statement he may make, whatever conclusion he may come to, shall be based on the whole of the evidence available at the time of writing.' In this aim he triumphantly succeeds. -
Stories of the great operas and their composers by Ernest Newman( Book )

53 editions published between 1928 and 1990 in English and held by 1,590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vol I: Richard Wagner and his works; Vol II: Mozart (1756-1791) to Thomas (1811-1896)-Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Von Weber, and Thomas; Vol III: Verdi (1813-1901) to Puccini (1858-1924)-Verdi, Gounod, Bizet, Offenbach, Humperdinck, and Puccini. The aim of this work is to tell the story of the opera accompanied by a descriptive analysis of the music, with some musical scores, and with biographical sketches of the composers. -- Publisher's description
Memoirs of Hector Berlioz : from 1803 to 1865, comprising his travels in Germany, Italy, Russia, and England by Hector Berlioz( Book )

26 editions published between 1932 and 1996 in English and held by 1,424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More stories of famous operas by Ernest Newman( Book )

28 editions published between 1943 and 2013 in English and held by 1,062 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book contains the definitive treatment of the stories, texts, and music of Turandot, Gianni Schicchi, The Barber of Bagdad, ThaIs, Eugen Onegin, Prince Igor, The Golden Cockerel, Elektra, Orfeo ed Euridice, Lakme, Les Huguenots, CosI fan tutte, The Seraglio, Les Troyens, Don Pasquale, La Juive, Manon, Falstaff, Louise, Pelleas and Melisande, The Bartered Bride, Die Fledermaus, Romeo and Juliet, Der Rosenkavalier, Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci, Wozzeck, L'Heure Espagnole, and Boris Godounov. The foremost authority on opera presented in the comprehensive volume all that the opera-goer, radio listener, music-lover, and confirmed operamane will wish to know about them. It is unique as both guide and armchair companion. Ernest Newman's gigantic grasp of his subject is clear at every turn, as are his sheer writing ability and wit. He larded his treatment of the operas with biographical and historical materials acquired in a long lifetime of study and writing. This is the first volume of the trilogy of books (the other two being The Wagner Operas and Seventeen Famous Operas) with which Ernest Newman wished to replace his much earlier book, Stories of the Great Operas
Gluck and the opera : a study in musical history by Ernest Newman( Book )

51 editions published between 1895 and 2015 in English and German and held by 1,052 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A philosophical critical view of the opera of the 18th century in general and Gluck's work in particular, into line with the whole intellectual tendencies of the time - from a cultural - historical outlook
Hugo Wolf by Ernest Newman( Book )

40 editions published between 1907 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tragic story of an erratic genius's life and a survey of some of his works, including his art songs and operas. Very interesting and very stimulating.? The New York Times
The man Liszt ; a study of the tragicomedy of a soul divided against itself by Ernest Newman( Book )

24 editions published between 1934 and 1970 in English and German and held by 920 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beethoven the creator by Romain Rolland( Book )

10 editions published between 1929 and 1964 in English and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Strauss by Ernest Newman( Book )

27 editions published between 1908 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A prominent German composer and conductor, Richard Strauss is remembered for his late Romantic and early modern operas and orchestral works, including€Death and Transfiguration, €Salome and€Four Last Songs.€This 1908 volume contains a complete biography of the composer
J.S. Bach by Albert Schweitzer( Book )

41 editions published between 1911 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Schweitzer's great work is probably the most important single contribution to the notable increase in the appreciation and understanding of J.S. Bach in recent years. Equally valuable aesthetically and practically, it reflects the wide outlook on life and art which the remarkable calibre of its author's mind makes possible, treating its subject from the standpoint not of a single art, but of art and science in general."--Provided by publisher
Beethoven the creator : the great creative epochs: from the Eroica to the Appassionata by Romain Rolland( Book )

19 editions published between 1929 and 1968 in English and Undetermined and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the period from 1803 to 1806, Beethoven composed three major works that were to remain, in his own eyes, the culminating peaks of his genius: the "Eroica" Symphony, the Appassionata, and "Leonora," his only opera (subsequently known as "Fidelio"). Each is a milestone in Beethoven's development, and, taken as a group, they represent the most vital creative period in his career. In this book, that brief period is surveyed by one of the world's greatest writers on music (see his Essays on Music, Dover $1.50). A Nobel Prize winner for literature, Romain Rolland understood Beethoven as few others have, and he has written about him in a way that has established this book as a classic in music appreciation and history. - nthdegree books
Great operas : the definitive treatment of their history, stories, and music by Ernest Newman( Book )

10 editions published between 1943 and 1960 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on 30 operatic masterpieces
Testament of music, essays and papers by Ernest Newman( Book )

16 editions published between 1962 and 1963 in English and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A musical motley by Ernest Newman( Book )

33 editions published between 1915 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Excerpt: ... Composition, it is rather curious that while I was writing on our too great readiness to admire everything a classic does, merely because he is a classic, someone in the Times Literary Supplement should have been regarding much the same fallacy--more particularly in poetry and painting--from a slightly different point of view. The thesis of the Times writer is that at this or that stage in every art, professionalism--by which he means the mere way of saying things that a period or a single master has made easy, irrespective of the value of the things that are being said--is apt to get the upper hand of inspiration. Art implies the more or less traditional manipulation of a medium, for no man can begin writing or painting or making music as if he had never read a book or seen a picture or heard a score; and there always comes a stage at which the medium is manipulated in merely professional fashion, at the expense of the higher faculty of personal invention. Examples of this process are to be found in the greatest artists: the Times writer cites, among others, Titian, Tintoretto, Shakespeare, and Beethoven. One result of this professionalism, he goes on to say, is that it spoils not only the artist but the public, that comes to identify difficulty of handling with inm spiration, and is inclined to think too little of the art that is simple, direct, and unencumbered with the visible apparatus of manufacture. The public sees the grand manner in many a passage of Shakespeare or Milton that is the merest platitude phrased with professional pomposity; while it looks down on art so artless as that of Blake in his simpler lyrics
Seventeen famous operas by Ernest Newman( Book )

5 editions published between 1954 and 1964 in English and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working." 'Ernest Newman In Seventeen Famous Operas, renowned musicologist and music critic Ernest Newman goes beyond simply retelling the plots of the operas he has chosen to feature in this volume. Because for Newman, opera was theater'and he demonstrates that with his in-depth studies of the seventeen featured operas. Newman uses biographical, literary, and historical background to expose the reader to how each featured work came to be. These featured works include La Boheme, Madame Butterfly, Carmen, La Traviata, The Marriage of Figaro, The Barber of Seville, The Magic Flute and ten other famous works. Seventeen Famous Operas is a must-read for music librarians, opera lovers, and propagandists of music everywhere
The unconscious Beethoven: an essay in musical psychology by Ernest Newman( Book )

24 editions published between 1927 and 1969 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More essays from the world of music; essays from the London Sunday times by Ernest Newman( Book )

16 editions published between 1958 and 1978 in English and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Containing material some of which was originally published prior to 1923, this collection of essays represents an important historical work in the world of music. Newman's essays the conductor's function in the orchestra; analyzes the lives and works of a variety of composers; and presents Newman's thoughts on a variety of matters
Musical studies by Ernest Newman( Book )

36 editions published between 1905 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Memoirs of Hector Berlioz : from 1803 to 1865, comprising his travels in Germany, Italy, Russia, and England
The Wagner operas:  / by Ernest NewmanStories of the great operas and their composersMemoirs of Hector Berlioz : from 1803 to 1865, comprising his travels in Germany, Italy, Russia, and EnglandGluck and the opera : a study in musical historyJ.S. Bach
Alternative Names
Cecil Hugh Mortimer

Cecil, Hugh Mortimer 1868-1959

Ernest Newman Brits muziekcriticus (1868-1959)

Ernest Newman englischer Musikkritiker

Ernest Newman musicólogo británico

Ernest Newman musicologue et critique musical britannique

Ernest Njuman

Roberts, John M. 1868-1959

Roberts William

Roberts, William 1868-1959

Roberts William of Liverpool

Robertson, John M. 1868-1959

Robertson John M. M.P.


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