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date: 26 October 2020

Gesamtkunstwerk (Ger., ‘total work of art’). 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Music
Author(s):
John WarrackJohn Warrack

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 ... ...

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