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Ellis, William Ashton 1852-1919

Overview
Works: 141 works in 352 publications in 1 language and 7,055 library holdings
Genres: Music  Records and correspondence  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Biography  Essays  Biographies 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Author, Other
Classifications: ML410.W1, 782.10924
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Most widely held works about William Ashton Ellis
 
Most widely held works by William Ashton Ellis
Wagner on music and drama : a compendium of Richard Wagner's prose works by Richard Wagner( Book )

2 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Family letters of Richard Wagner by Richard Wagner( Book )

23 editions published between 1911 and 2015 in English and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Ashton Ellis (1852-1919) abandoned his medical career in order to devote himself to his Wagner studies. Best known for his translations of Wagner's prose works and of Carl Friedrich Glasenapp's multi-volume biography of the composer, Ellis published in 1911 this English translation of Wagner's Familienbriefe, spanning the years 1832-74. An inveterate letter writer, Wagner was the youngest-but-one of ten children and Ellis describes the character of these letters to his sisters, his mother, his brother-in-law and his nieces as a reflection of the composer in the 'driest and most neutral of lights', claiming that within the family it is impossible to be pretentious. An appendix by Glasenapp, giving brief biographical details of family members, is also included. Despite the stylistic idiosyncrasies of the translations, these letters remain of importance, capturing something of the tone of Wagner's prose style and shedding light on his extraordinary life
Richard Wagner to Mathilde Wesendonck by Richard Wagner( Book )

27 editions published between 1905 and 2008 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Wagner's prose works by Richard Wagner( Book )

6 editions published between 1966 and 1979 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Correspondence of Wagner and Liszt by Richard Wagner( Book )

5 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard to Minna Wagner; letters to his first wife by Richard Wagner( Book )

8 editions published between 1909 and 1972 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion and art by Richard Wagner( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One might say that where Religion becomes artificial, it is reserved for Art to save the spirit of religion." With these words Richard Wagner began "Religion and Art" (1880), one of his most passionate essays. That passion made Wagner himself a central icon in the growing cult of art. Wagner felt that he lived in an age of spiritual crisis. "It can but rouse our apprehension, to see the progress of the art-of-war departing from the springs of moral force, and turning more and more to the mechanical," he wrote. In response to the frightening progress of dynamite and steel, Wagner adopted the role of the Tone Poet Seer, who reveals the inexpressible in concert halls and cleanses souls in waves of symphonic revelation. "Religion and Art" is the pivot of the works collected here. Also included are his defining essays "Public and Popularity" and "The Public in Time and Space"; his papers relating to the creation of the Bayreuth School; his complaint against publishers, "On Poetry and Composition" (1879); his article on the first production of Parsifal (1882); and other works that speak his mind about strengthening the spirit through music. These works participated in the duel between Wagner and Nietzsche that ensued after the breakup of their friendship in 1878. Nietzsche publicly called Wagner an incurable romantic, emphasizing how sick he thought both Wagner and his art were. Here Wagner counterattacks with arch innuendo and sarcasm
Art and politics by Richard Wagner( Book )

3 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pilgrimage to Beethoven and other essays by Richard Wagner( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Wagner published the first collection of his writings he was pleased to admit how well he wrote, even when young. Historians and musicians ever since have agreed that some of his most important and revelatory works were written when he was first establishing his reputation in Paris and Dresden. Pilgrimage to Beethoven and Other Essays provides translations of the first two volumes of his Gesammelte Schriften (1871-1873). These works reveal how committed he was to emphasizing Germanic qualities in his music and define his opposition to the music of France and Italy. In addition to his influential essay on Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, this volume includes two early essays on Germanic myth - "The Wibelungen" and "The Nibelungen-Myth" - his homages to Carl Maria von Weber, and the complete text of his autobiographical A German Musician in Paris, with its famous "Pilgrimage to Beethoven." The volume concludes with his "Plan of Organisation of a German National Theatre" (1849), founded upon Beethoven's moral music. Listeners "inspired by Beethoven's music have been more active and energetic citizens-of-State than those bewitched by Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti." Throughout these essays, as throughout his life, Wagner knew how to provoke
Judaism in music and other essays by Richard Wagner( Book )

5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Musical genius, polemicist, explosive personality - that was the nineteenth-century German composer Richard Wagner, who paid as much attention to his reputation as to his genius. Often maddening, and sometimes called mad, Wagner wrote with the same intensity that characterized his music. The letters and essays collected in "Judaism in Music and Other Essays" were published during the 1850s and 1860s, the period when he was chiefly occupied with the creation of "The Ring of the Nibelung". Highlighting this collection is the notorious 1850 article "Judaism in Music", which caused such a firestorm that nearly twenty years later Wagner published an unapologetic appendix.Other prose pieces include "On the Performing of Tannhauser", written while he was in political exile; "On Musical Criticism", an appeal for a more vital approach to art undivorced from life; and, "Music of the Future". This volume concludes with letters to friends about the intent and performance of his great operas; estimations of Liszt, Beethoven, Mozart, Gluck, Berlioz, and others; and, suggestions for the reform of opera houses in Vienna, Paris, and Zurich. The Bison Book edition includes the full text of volume 3 of William Ashton Ellis' 1894 translation commissioned by the London Wagner Society
Correspondence of Wagner and Liszt by Richard Wagner( Book )

2 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opera and drama by Richard Wagner( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With Richard Wagner, opera reached the apex of German Romanticism. Originally published in 1851, when Wagner was in political exile, Opera and Drama outlines a new, revolutionary type of musical stage work, which would finally materialize as The Ring of the Nibelung. Wagner's music drama, as he called it, aimed at a union of poetry, drama, music, and stagecraft. In a rare book-length study, the composer discusses the enhancement of dramas by operatic treatment and the subjects that make the best dramas. The expected Wagnerian voltage is here: in his thinking about myths such as Oedipus, his theories about operatic goals and musical possibilities, his contempt for musical politics, his exaltation of feeling and fantasy, his reflections about genius, and his recasting of Schopenhauer. This edition includes the full text of volume 2 of William Ashton Ellis's 1893 translation commissioned by the London Wagner Society
Actors and singers by Richard Wagner( Book )

6 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essays collected in this volume were written between 1870 and 1873, years that brought a transformation in Germany. After Prussia's spectacular defeat of France, the coalescing of German states into a unified Germany, and Bismarck's declaration of the German Empire, Richard Wagner suddenly felt like a prophet whose predictions had come true before his eyes. At last the German culture he longed to enliven had a German state as grand as his own ambition. In the same period Wagner was deeply inspired by the works of Shakespeare, an influence that runs throughout this volume. The title essay, "Actors and Singers," is one of Wagner's most deliberate and philosophical writings. He wrote, "Art ceases, strictly speaking, to be Art from the moment it presents itself as Art to our reflecting consciousness. " He described how the unconsciousness of art, and thus art's power, connected natural genius to cultivate traditions. German genius, however, still lacked its own traditions. Wagner aimed to provide them. Also included are Wagner's famous essay, "Beethoven"; his first publications concerning the nascent Bayreuth Festival Playhouse; his visionary "The Destiny of Opera"; and his letter to Friedrich Nietzsche responding to the publication of The Birth of Tragedy. This edition includes the full text of volume 5 of the translation of Wagner's works published in 1896 for the London Wagner Society
Jesus of Nazareth and other writings by Richard Wagner( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Near the end of his life, Richard Wagner supervised the publication of his collected writings, providing an extensive view of his thoughts about art and politics from his youth to his final period of triumph. After his death, there was still more to be told: his admirers discovered a large number of writings he had forgotten, misplaced, never published, or had chosen to omit from his collected works. This volume, the last of eight volumes now reprinted by the University of Nebraska Press, collects the most illuminating of those works. The title work, "Jesus of Nazareth," was written in 1848 or 1849; its composition coincided with the most widespread own revolutionary ideals, thoroughly justified (or so he thought) by Jesus and the early Church. At the time Wagner considered Jesus as a revolutionary leader whose struggles with authority and traditions were much like his own. The opening work is "Siegfried's Death," a poem written in 1848 that set the tone for his most famous operatic work, the tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen. Whole sections of the poem were later incorporated into the fourth Ring opera, Gotterdammerung, but the differences are as revealing as the carryover. The essays that Wagner published in journals but saw fit to exclude from his Gesammelte Schriften might have embarrassed the elderly sage but are key documents to Wagner's activities in his revolutionary period. For example, his ardently prorevolutionary essay, "The Revolution," would have displeased the wealthy patrons of his later years. This edition includes the full text of volume 8 of the translation of Wagner's works published in 1899 for the London Wagner Society
The life of Richard Wagner by Carl Friedrich Glasenapp( Book )

in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life of Richard Wagner by Carl Friedrich Glasenapp( Book )

10 editions published between 1900 and 1977 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Correspondence of Wagner and Liszt by Richard Wagner( Book )

7 editions published in 1897 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Wagner's prose works by Richard Wagner( Book )

in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard to Minna Wagner. Letters to his first wife by Richard Wagner( Book )

2 editions published in 1909 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beethoven by Richard Wagner( Book )

10 editions published between 1870 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ludwig van Beethoven (16 December 1770? 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. He was a crucial figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western classical music, and remains one of the most acclaimed and influential composers of all time. Born in Bonn, then in the Electorate of Cologne in western Germany, he moved to Vienna in his early twenties and settled there, studying with Joseph Haydn and quickly gaining a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. Beethoven's hearing gradually deteriorated beginning in his twenties, yet he continued to compose, and
 
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Alternative Names
Ashton Ellis William

Ashton Ellis, William 1852-1919

Ashton Ellis, Wm 1852-1919

Ellis, W. Ashton 1852-1919

Ellis, W. Ashton -1919

Ellis, W. Ashton (William Ashton), 1852-1919

Ellis, W. Ashton (William Ashton), -1919

Ellis, William Ashton

Ellis, William Ashton d. 1919

Ellis, Wm. Ashton 1852-1919

Ellis, Wm. Ashton (William Ashton), 1852-1919

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Religion and artArt and politicsPilgrimage to Beethoven and other essaysJudaism in music and other essaysOpera and dramaActors and singersJesus of Nazareth and other writingsBeethoven