Wagner the Mystic by John J. Pohanka

 

 

"The overcoming of all unusual barriers between the individual and the Absolute is the great mystic achievement." --- William James

In this important new work, John Pohanka presents a innovative survey of the Wagner's aesthetic and philosophical development, within the historical context of mysticism. Articulately written, and comprehensively documented, both from Wagner's own writings, and from an authoritative host of western  and eastern philosophers, poets and musicians, Pohanka has given us an invaluable insight into the question: Why does Wagner's music affect us like no other?

Wagner the Mystic is available from the Wagner Society of Washington DC. $19.95. To place an order, use the link below.