Richard Wagner’s Concept of the ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’

In many of Wagner’s theoretical writings, such as “Die Kunst und die Religion” (Art and Religion – 1849), “Das Kunstwerk der Zukunft” (The Artwork of the Future – 1849) and “Oper und Drama” (Opera and Drama – 1852), the concept [...] more >>

by Ursula Rehn Wolfman | March 12th, 2013
Richard Wagner and Paris

In the 19th century, Paris was one of the most important music capitals of Europe. Richard Wagner, during his ‘Wanderjahre’ (years of wandering from Riga to London, Dresden and Zűrich – mainly to escape his various creditors), attempted several times [...] more >>

by Ursula Rehn Wolfman | February 14th, 2013
Richard Wagner and Dresden

Dresden, with its well-known Sächsische Staatskapelle, Kreuzchor and Semper Opera House, cannot only be considered one of the great ‘musical’ cities in Germany, but most importantly, its cultural and political milieu played a significant role in the musical and artistic [...] more >>

by Ursula Rehn Wolfman | January 11th, 2013
Schoenberg, Kokoschka and Schiele – Vienna’s revolutionaries

Fin-de Siècle Vienna’s ‘Second Generation’ Art and Music In his opus, ‘Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften’ (The Man without Qualities) the Austrian writer Robert Musil, considered by many the Marcel Proust of Fin-de-Siècle Vienna, stated that Austria’s intellectuals, artists and writers [...] more >>

by Ursula Rehn Wolfman | December 13th, 2012
The Vienna Secession in Art and Music

Gustav Klimt started his career as architectural decorator just as the Ringstrasse program of monumental building entered its final phase – in fact, he had been hired to decorate the interior staircase of the Fine Arts Museum. He subsequently became [...] more >>

by Ursula Rehn Wolfman | November 13th, 2012
Vienna’s ‘Ringstrasse’ Style and Modernism

Brahms Fest und Gedenkspruche, Op. 109 Strauss II Die Fledermaus (excerpts) Schoenberg Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4 (version for string orchestra) Emperor Franz Josef I came to power after the revolution of 1848 – a time which saw the [...] more >>

by Ursula Rehn Wolfman | October 9th, 2012
Fin-de-Siècle Vienna – Music, Art and Architecture

Ravel’s composition ‘La Valse’, written at the close of World War I, can be seen as a parable of the violent death of 19th century Vienna – with “the waltz, long a symbol of gay Vienna, becoming in the composer’s [...] more >>

by Ursula Rehn Wolfman | September 10th, 2012
Theme and Variation in Music and Art

Frederic Rzewski “The People United Will Never Be Defeated” (1975) Stephen Drury, piano J. S. Bach Goldberg Variations BWV988 (1741) Glenn Gould, piano (1955) Beethoven 33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, “Diabelli Variations” (1819) [...] more >>

by Ursula Rehn Wolfman | August 10th, 2012