Wagner’s Parsifal: The Music of Redemption by Roger Scruton


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Richard Wagner’s final creation is also his most mysterious. The story of Parsifal, the ‘pure fool, knowing through compassion’, who has been called to rescue the Kingdom of the Grail from the sins that have polluted it, appears familiar enough, but the redemption sought by Wagner’s characters is far from the Christian archetype. ‘Wagner’s Parsifal’ is an exploration of the drama, music and philosophy of this extraordinary musical icon by a writer whose knowledge and understanding of the Western musical tradition are the equal of his capacities as a philosopher.

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