Simply Wagner
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Richard Wagner was one of the most influential and controversial composers in the history of music. His massive, myth-laden operas revolutionized musical drama and overturned traditional harmony, while his charismatic personality and inflammatory writings made him an object of both veneration and scorn. In Simply Wagner, author Thomas Grey deftly merges biography with an appreciation of Wagner’s musical achievement to produce a fascinating and wholly accessible portrait of this larger-than-life figure, whose radical ideas and complex legacy are still being debated today.


Thomas Grey is a professor of music at Stanford University. He is the author of Wagner's Musical Prose: Texts and Contexts (1995), as well as editor and co-author of The Cambridge Companion to Wagner (2008), and Richard Wagner and his World (2009). Grey has also written on Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and the history of 19th-century opera.