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Ellis, William Ashton 1852-1919

Overview
Works: 130 works in 325 publications in 1 language and 6,831 library holdings
Genres: Records and correspondence  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Music  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 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Family letters of Richard Wagner by Richard Wagner( Book )

22 editions published between 1911 and 2014 in English and held by 586 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 455 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 310 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 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion and art by Richard Wagner( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 233 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 symhonic 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 of, "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.This edition includes the complete volume 6 of the 1897 translation of Wagner's works commissioned by the London Wagner Society. William Ashton Ellis is one of the most important translators of nineteenth-century musicology. In addition to his monumental translation of Wagner's prose works, he translated Wagner's correspondence with Franz Lizst, Mathilde Wesendonck, and Wagner's own family. Ellis died in 1919
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 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Judaism in music and other essays by Richard Wagner( Book )

5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 179 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 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opera and drama by Richard Wagner( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Actors and singers by Richard Wagner( Book )

6 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

The life of Richard Wagner by Carl Friedrich Glasenapp( Book )

in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life of Richard Wagner by Carl Friedrich Glasenapp( Book )

9 editions published between 1900 and 1977 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Correspondence of Wagner and Liszt by Richard Wagner( Book )

7 editions published in 1897 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

in English and held by 107 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 5 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

Languages
English (130)

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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