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Wagner's Parsifal
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A superbly insightful and moving exploration of Wagner's last opera, by one of Britain's most prominent public intellectuals.

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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) and The Ring of Truth- The Wisdom of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung (2016). He is a fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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In his weaving of philosophy and musicology into an explication of redemption via the vehicle of compassion, this is an unparalleled, sadly posthumously published offering. It is at once required reading and a launch pad for an infinitude of musings. It is also, it should be clearly stated, magisterial. -- Colin Clarke * Opera Now *
This is Roger Scruton's final book. Parsifal was Wagner's final opera. Both works are intended to be taken as Last Words: testaments of belief at the end of a long spiritual journey... you [will] find enormous satisfaction in following the journey of one of our great philosophers making sense of his own life though another's sublime work of art. -- Sue Prideaux * Spectator *
Scruton is one of the finest philosopher-musicians since Schopenhauer -- Jonathan Gaisman * Standpoint *
Highly original and penetrating ... he writes about the music authoritatively but comprehensibly... lucidly, cogently and even entertainingly -- Tim Blanning * Literary Review *
A brilliant gallop through the master's religious, musical and philosophical contexts -- Sue Prideaux * Spectator *
After reading this book, only the most unadventurous reader would turn down the chance to see Wagner's masterpiece. * Economist *

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