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The Ring of Truth: The Wisdom of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung

Roger Scruton



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14 August 2017
Music; Romantic music (c 1830 to c 1900); Individual composers & musicians, bands & groups; Western philosophy: Enlightenment; Philosophy: aesthetics; Ethics & moral philosophy
The Ring of the Nibelung is one of the greatest works of art created in modern times. Roger Scruton's brilliant and passionate exploration of the drama, music, symbolism and philosophy of Wagner's masterpiece - with its themes of love, death, sacrifice and freedom - shows how, ultimately, it expresses the truth about the human condition.
By:   Roger Scruton
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   303g
ISBN:   9780141980720
ISBN 10:   0141980729
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   14 August 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Roger Scruton is a writer and philosopher who has held positions at the universities of London, Oxford, Boston and St Andrews and who has written widely on art, architecture, music and aesthetics. His books include his now classic Short History of Modern Philosophy (1981), The Aesthetics of Music (1997), Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde (2004), Fools, Frauds and Firebrands (1985, republished 2015) an examination of the New Left and its influence on intellectual life in Europe and America. He is a fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Reviews for The Ring of Truth: The Wisdom of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung

Admirably lucid ... a perceptive and detailed account ... constantly enlightening commentary -- Lucy Beckett * Tablet * Highly original and penetrating ... he writes about the music authoritatively but comprehensibly... lucidly, cogently and even entertainingly -- Tim Blanning * Literary Review * Roger Scruton is in many ways the ideal interpreter of the Ring -- Adam Lively * The Sunday Times * After reading this book, only the most unadventurous reader would turn down the chance to see Wagner's masterpiece. * Economist *

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