Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Tristan et Isolde” as Want to Read:
Tristan et Isolde
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Tristan et Isolde

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  312 ratings  ·  9 reviews
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)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Tristan et Isolde, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Tristan et Isolde

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 645)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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
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!
The original love story.
Tchin is currently reading it
Feb 23, 2015
Stephanie marked it as to-read
Feb 21, 2015
Joseph marked it as to-read
Feb 20, 2015
Sarah marked it as to-read
Feb 20, 2015
Nageh marked it as to-read
Feb 19, 2015
Andrea Beard
Andrea Beard is currently reading it
Feb 18, 2015
Spoorthi Tata
Spoorthi Tata marked it as to-read
Feb 18, 2015
Huda Aweys
Huda Aweys marked it as to-read
Feb 18, 2015
Federica Rossetti
Federica Rossetti marked it as to-read
Feb 16, 2015
Jessica Jett
Jessica Jett marked it as to-read
Feb 14, 2015
Mina Wael
Mina Wael marked it as to-read
Feb 13, 2015
Sara Overbeck
Sara Overbeck marked it as to-read
Feb 10, 2015
Ana Mqz
Ana Mqz marked it as to-read
Feb 08, 2015
Lois Littebrant
Lois Littebrant marked it as to-read
Feb 07, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 21 22 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Don Giovanni
  • Psychology: The Briefer Course
  • Philosophical Fragments (Writings, Vol 7)
  • Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844/The Communist Manifesto
  • The Tristan Chord: Wagner and Philosophy
  • An Autobiography
  • The Two Destinies (Pocket Classics)
  • The Trouble With Toads (The Secret Stepsister Society, #1)
  • Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks
  • The Wrong Box
  • Das Urteil und andere Erzählungen
  • Great Speeches
  • The Venetian Years
  • The Princess and the Wolf (The Hound Saga, #5)
  • Gods and Fighting Men: The Story of the Tuatha De Danaan and the Fianna of Ireland
  • Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology
  • The Holy Sinner
  • The Complete Plays
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.
More about Richard Wagner...
The Ring of the Nibelung Parsifal in Full Score My Life Götterdammerung in Full Score Wagner on Conducting

Share This Book

“Frisch weht der Wind
Der Heimat zu
Mein Irisch Kind,
Wo weilest du?”
More quotes…