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1. Wagner and the problematics of 'absolute music' in the nineteenth century 2. Beethoven reception and the hermeneutic impulse: poetic ideas and new forms 3. Engendering music-drama: Opera and Drama and its metaphors 4. The 'poetic-musical Period' and the 'evolution' of Wagnerian form 5. Endless melodies 6. Motive and motivations: Leitmotif and 'symphonic' drama Appendices Notes Bibliography Index.