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Tristan et Isolde

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This scarce antiquarian book is included in our special Legacy Reprint Series. In the interest of creating a more extensive selection of rare historical book reprints, we have chosen to reproduce this title even though it may possibly have occasional imperfections such as missing and blurred pages, missing text, poor pictures, markings, dark backgrounds and other reproduct ...more
Published April 1st 1996 by Gallimard Education (first published 1865)
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Jan 15, 2014 Alba rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic lovers, teenagers..
Recommended to Alba by: a Catalan teacher of High School
Shelves: poesy
A very clear romantic novel, its rich vocabulary and expressions make it feel a great novel. It's not a happy-ending, obviously. It's all about an "impossible" love and after getting the "potion", its love is similar as breathe... impossible to live without it! It's not a typical story.. besides, Shakespeare, as our Catalan teacher said today, was influenced by this novel (among others) to write "Romeo and Juliet".

Dec 31, 2011 Amalie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who love the theatre
I've not seen an actual performance of this one, but thanks to my father I've listen to the orchestral work by Wagner from his opera tristan and isolde. The opening: the famous Tristan Chord is amazing! After reading the script now, imaging the music while I was doing so was a great experience. I'm sure if I ever get the chance to see a performance, I have to revisit this and give six stars or something.
Alexander Arsov
Richard Wagner

Tristan and Isolde

English National Opera Guide 6

Calder, Paperback, 1981.

8vo. 130 pp.

First published, 1981.


List of Illustrations

Synopsis Timothy McFarland
‘Tristan and Isolde’: A Landmark in Musical History John Luke Rose
A Musical Commentary Anthony Negus
The Staging of ‘Tristan and Isolde’: Landmarks along the Appian Way Patrick Carnegy
An Introduction to the German Text Martin Swales and Timothy McFarland

Thematic Guide

‘Tristan und Isolde’ Poem by Richard Wagner
‘Tristan and Is
Tragic love story

Just like the other famous love stories, Tristan and Isolde are forever doomed to be separated despite their powerful love for each other.
The first chord of Tristan in the Prelude is phenomenal. It’s a chord of tension, of longing. This music keeps you on the edge of your seat, waiting for the moment when the dissonance of those early opening chords will be resolved. In the second act it seems as if the moment has finally arrived when the would-be lovers meet to consummate their passion. It sounds vulgar, but it really is a coitus interruptus. In the great duet you think it’s going to arrive, then literally it’s as if they’re in b ...more
Me gustó sólo el primer acto...

Cuélguenme soy una bestia sin sensibilidad....

Sin embargo durante el primer acto logró un poco encender esa llama que prendía en mí Esquilo, Sófocles y Eurípides. Lo siento no cnozco más tragedias que las ellos; aunque Shakespiare tiene obra que me llenan de pasión no las percibo en mi fuero interior con eso que distingue a los antiguos. Es decir con que el o los protagonistas acaben muertos fisica literal o moralmente no se hace la tragedia, y particularmente las
Ofelia Valdez
Recuerdo que estaba en nuestra lista de lecturas en literatura de prepa, pero nunca lo pudimos conseguir...muy buen libro! Me encantaría verlo en ópera!
Lisa (Harmonybites)
A very useful guide to one of the greatest operas in the Western repertoire. Besides the complete text in German by Wagner, the guide provides and English translation by Andrew Porter, who did the great singing translation for Ring of the Nibelung. There's even a discography of celebrated recordings in the back, albeit dated since this guide dates to 1981.
I never really liked reading old plays but this one managed to entertain me so much. It was a love that actually made sense. One that I could understand why it was forbidden rather than done for mere dramatics. It was such an amazing read that I got through in one sitting!
Eterna Al Fin
La historia de amor entre el héroe Tristán e Isolda, la princesa irlandesa. Breve, intensa y trágica.

"¡Oh tú. El más deslealmente leal de los amigos!".
Un clásico difícil de comprender y con el que apenas he disfrutado. Corto, pero no intenso.
The original love story.
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Wilhelm Richard Wagner was a German composer, conductor, theatre director and essayist, primarily known for his operas (or "music dramas", as they were later called). Unlike most other great opera composers, Wagner wrote both the scenario and libretto for his works.
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