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Good One-Volume Biography from 1965

While visiting a used book store in Chapel Hill, NC, a while ago I came across a slim biography and musical introduction titled Wagner, by Robert L. Jacobs.  The copyright dates are 1935 and 1965, and it was published as part of a “Master Musicians” series by J.M. Dent in London and Farrar, Straus and […]

Brilliant History of Opera Staging

Evan Baker’s book From the Score to the Stage: An Illustrated History of Continental Opera Production and Staging (Univ. Chicago Press 2013) is the best study of its kind: scholarly, entertaining, and comprehensive in its grasp of this wonderful subject. Baker seems infused with enthusiasm for the topic, lingering deliciously on such topics as early […]

Trying to Get Through the Pile….

My reading pile has grown exponentially larger over the past few months and unfortunately has stayed that way despite conscious and time-consuming effort. It looms over my bed and is starting to totter.  It sits on the right-hand corner of my desk and scowls at me. In the midst of it are three Wagner-related books:  Trippett’s Wagner’s […]

Martin Geck’s Welcome Book

A good friend met my brother a few years ago when visiting the University of Texas at Austin, where my brother was teaching.  My friend reported that, after a bit of conversation, he observed that both my brother and I were “erudite.”  “Yes,” my brother reportedly replied, “but I am more eruditer.” This takes us […]