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Gesamtkunstwerk

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(Ger.). Unified work of art. Wagner's term for a dramatic work in which drama, music, poetry, song, and paintings should be united into a new and complete art‐form. This theory ...

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The Oxford Companion to German Literature (3 ed.)

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2005
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58 words

... , a term coined by R. Wagner . It denotes a work of art to which music, poetry, mime, painting (in décor), etc. all contribute. It is clearly fashioned by Wagner to suit his own later works. Heinrich Mann , with characteristic paradox, affirmed in his autobiography ( Ein Zeitalter wird besichtigt , 1945 ) that the true Gesamtkunstwerk is the 19th-c....

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The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art and Architecture (2 ed.)

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2013
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Art & Architecture, Religion
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... The German word was first used in the 19th century but refers to art and architecture of previous eras. A Gesamtkunstwerk exists when painting, sculpture, ornament, and architecture combine together to create a ‘total work of art’ such as in a Gothic cathedral or a Renaissance or Baroque palace; and where the final result is more than the sum of its...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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2013
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Music
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48 words

... [ Ger. ] Unified work of art. Wagner's term for a dramatic work in which drama, music, poetry, song and paintings should be united into a new and complete art‐form. This theory is expounded in his Das Kunstwerk der Zukunft (The Art‐work of the Future, 1849...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)

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2010
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... (German, ‘complete or unified work of art’) A term associated with the composer Richard Wagner ( 1813–1883 ) and discussed by him in his The Artwork of the Future ( 1849 ) to describe a dramatic form in which all the arts—poetry, drama, the visual arts, music, song—should be united so as to form a new and complete work of art. See Ballets Russes...

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John Warrack

The Oxford Companion to Music

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2011
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...Gesamtkunstwerk (Ger., ‘total work of art’). Although the ideal of an art form unifying music, poetry, and painting is as old as opera, and particularly absorbed German composers and writers from the mid-17th century, the term is associated with Wagner. It was formulated in his essay Das Kunstwerk der Zukunft (‘The Art-Work of the Future’, 1849 ), where, in the course of his argument about the ideal unification of the arts in the theatre, he makes his sole use of the term ‘Gesamtkunstwerk der Zukunft’, also referring to the projected drama as ‘das...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Art (3 ed.)

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2004
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Art & Architecture
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... (German: ‘total work of art’). A term used to describe the cooperation of several arts in a single expressive aim. The term was coined by the composer Richard Wagner in his book Das Kunstwerk der Zukunft (The Artwork of the Future, 1849 ), although the idea of uniting music, poetry, the visual arts, and dance is as old as opera. Subsequently the term has been applied (often retrospectively) to various ensembles embracing painting, sculpture, and architecture or other combinations of arts ( see Baroque , for...

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Boris Groys

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2 ed.)

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2014
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Art & Architecture, Philosophy
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... . The notion of “Gesamtkunstwerk” (total artwork) was introduced by Richard Wagner in his programmatic treatise “The Artwork of the Future” ( 1849–1850 ). This text had been written by Wagner in exile, in Zurich, after the end of the revolutionary uprisings in Germany during the year 1848 . Wagner participated in these uprisings in Dresden alongside of Mikhail Bakunin and Gottfried Semper ( Koss, 2010 , p. 6). Wagner’s concept of Gesamtkunstwerk was an attempt to unite artistic and political revolution in a totalizing, all-embracing event which...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English

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2002
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... noun plural Gesamtkunstwerke M20 German (from gesamt total + Kunstwerk work of art). An ideal work of art in which drama, music, and other performing arts are integrated and each is subservient to the...

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2005
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(Ger.).Unified work of art. Wagner's term for a dramatic work in which drama, music, poetry, song, and paintings should be united into a new and complete art‐form. This theory is expounded in his Das ...
Tom Jones

Tom Jones  

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1 Comic opera in 3 acts by German, lib. by A. M. Thompson and R. Courtneidge based on Fielding. Prod. Manchester and London 1907.2 Opera in 3 acts by Stephen Oliver to his own lib. based on ...
music drama

music drama  

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Term used by Wagner after Lohengrin to describe his operas in order to emphasize that the mus., dramatic, and scenic elements were on equal terms—a fusion of the arts as Gluck had proposed. Yet the ...
Franz von Stuck

Franz von Stuck  

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(b Tettenweis, Bavaria, 23 Feb. 1863; d Munich, 30 Aug. 1928).German painter, sculptor, and graphic artist, active mainly in Munich, where he was a founding member of the Sezession ...
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A term derived from Richard Wagner's concept of a Gesamtkunstwerk: a total or unified work of art, in which all elements – music, voice, movement and spectacle – work together ...
Les Ballets Russes

Les Ballets Russes  

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*Ballet company that began as a tour to Paris in 1909 by dancers and opera singers from the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. The company lasted for twenty years, producing ...
Carl Maria von Weber

Carl Maria von Weber  

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(b Eutin, 18 Dec. 1786; d London, 5 Jun. 1826)German composer. He wrote no ballet scores but composed many polkas, waltzes, and polonaises and some of his concert music has been used for dance, ...
Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner  

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(1813–83),German composer, dramatist, and writer, whose theories and works were the subject of vigorous controversy. A revolutionary in 1848–9, he later came under the influence of Schopenhauer. His ...
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The Oxford Companion to Music

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2011
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Music
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...music drama . Wagner 's term for his operas. See Gesamtkunstwerk ; opera , 11; Wagner, Richard...

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The Oxford Companion to German Literature (3 ed.)

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2005
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...in providing an independent commentary on the text, instead of supporting it as in traditional opera. He introduced the neologism ‘Misuk’ for Musik to underline his different attitude, which was, like that of his close collaborator, the composer Kurt Weill , opposed to the Gesamtkunstwerk of R. Wagner...

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A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (3 ed.)

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2015
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Art & Architecture
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...architecture Advocated (1920s) by Walter Gropius and Bruno Taut , it pretentiously suggested syntheses of all arts and crafts in a new architecture (based on the composer Wilhelm Richard Wagner ’s (1813–83) idea of Gesamtkunstwerk ), but did the opposite by sundering arts and crafts from architecture. In spite of this manifest failure, Gropius published (1955) The Scope of Total Architecture (revised edn 1962). Bildende Kunst , xxxvi /7 (1988), 298–9; Gropius...

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