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  1. Richard Wagner in 1871 Wilhelm Richard Wagner (/ ˈvɑːɡnər / VAHG-nər, German: [ˈʁɪçaʁt ˈvaːɡnɐ] (listen); 22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is chiefly known for his operas (or, as some of his mature works were later known, "music dramas").

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    Richard Wagner in 1871 Wilhelm Richard Wagner (/ ˈvɑːɡnər / VAHG-nər, German: [ˈʁɪçaʁt ˈvaːɡnɐ] (listen); 22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is chiefly known for his operas (or, as some of his mature works were later known, "music dramas").

  3. Richard Wagner | Biography, Compositions, Operas, & Facts ...

    Richard Wagner, in full Wilhelm Richard Wagner, (born May 22, 1813, Leipzig [Germany]—died February 13, 1883, Venice, Italy), German dramatic composer and theorist whose operas and music had a revolutionary influence on the course of Western music, either by extension of his discoveries or reaction against them.

  4. Richard Wagner - Operas, Music & Facts - Biography

    Apr 17, 2020 · Born in Germany on May 22, 1813, Richard Wagner went on to become one of the world's most influential—and controversial—composers. He is famous for both his epic operas, including the four-part,...

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  5. Richard Wagner - Biography - IMDb

    Richard Wagner was a German composer best known for his operas, primarily the monumental four-opera cycle "Der Ring des Nibelungen". He was born Wilhelm Richard Wagner on May 22, 1813, in Leipzig, Germany. He was the ninth child in the family of Carl Wagner, a police clerk.

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    Wagner's music dramas are his primary artistic legacy. These can be divided chronologically into three periods. Wagner's early stage began at age 19 with his first attempt at an opera, Die Hochzeit (The Wedding), which Wagner abandoned at an early stage of composition in 1832. Wagner's three completed early-stage operas are Die Feen(The Fairies), Das Liebesverbot (The Ban on Love), and Rienzi. Their compositional style was conventional, and did not exhibit the innovations that marked Wagner's...

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    Apart from his operas, Wagner composed relatively few pieces of music. These include a single symphony (written at the age of 19), a Faust symphony (of which he only finished the first movement, which became the Faust Overture), and some overtures, choral and piano pieces, and a re-orchestration of Gluck's Iphigénie en Aulide. Of these, the most commonly performed work is the Siegfried Idyll, a piece for chamber orchestra written for the birthday of his second wife, Cosima. The Idyll draws on...


    Wagner was an extremely prolific writer, authoring hundreds of books, poems, and articles, as well as a massive amount of correspondence. His writings covered a wide range of topics, including politics, philosophy, and detailed analyses (often mutually contradictory) of his own operas. Essays of note include "Oper und Drama" ("Opera and Drama," 1851), an essay on the theory of opera, and "Das Judenthum in der Musik" ("Jewry in Music," 1850), a polemic directed against Jewish composers in gene...

    Wagner made highly significant, if controversial, contributions to art and culture. In his lifetime, and for some years after, Wagner inspired fanatical devotion amongst his followers, and was occasionally considered by them to have a near god-like status. His compositions, in particular Tristan und Isolde, broke important new musical ground. For years afterward, many composers felt compelled to align themselves with or against Wagner. Anton Bruckner and Hugo Wolf are indebted to him especially, as are César Franck, Henri Duparc, Ernest Chausson, Jules Massenet, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Hans Pfitzner and dozens of others. Gustav Mahler said, "There was only Beethoven and Wagner." The twentieth century harmonic revolutions of Claude Debussy and Arnold Schoenberg (tonal and atonal modernism, respectively) have often been traced back to Tristan. The Italian form of operatic realismknown as verismo owes much to Wagnerian reconstruction of musical form. It was Wagner who first demanded t...

    Though he befriended philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and the two men shared certain anti-Christian views, especially with regard to puritanical attitudes about sexuality, religious belief was nonetheless a part of Wagner's upbringing. As a boy he once stated that he "yearned to, with ecstatic fervor, to hang upon the Cross in the place of the Saviour." One of his early works, Jesus of Nazareth was conceived after a study of the Gospels and included verses from the New Testament. Another work, The Love Feast of the Twelve Apostles,was also based on Biblical texts. The incongruities of his life from a moral and ethical perspective remain a source of controversy and are as perplexing today as they were during his life. Yet his acknowledgment of the reality of the redemptive aspects of Christian faith in attaining happiness and fulfillment cannot be denied. He wrote: "When I found this yearning could never be stilled by modern life, in escaping from its claims upon me by self-destructio...

    Borchmeyer, Dieter. 2003. Preface to Drama and the World of Richard Wagner. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0691114978.
    Evans, Richard J. 2005. The Third Reich in Power, 1933-1939. The Penguin Press, ISBN 1594200742.
    Gregor-Dellin, Martin. 1983. Richard Wagner: his life, his work, his Century. William Collins, ISBN 0002166690.
    Gutman, Robert. (1968). Richard Wagner: The Man, His Mind and His Music. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990. ISBN 0156776154.
    Burbidge, Peter, and Richard Sutton, eds. The Wagner Companion.1979.
    Dahlhaus, C.; Mary Whitall, tr., Richard Wagner's Music Dramas.
    Dallas, Ian. The New Wagnerian. Granada: Freiburg Books, 1990. ISBN 844047475X.
    Lee, M. Owen. Wagner: The Terrible Man and His Truthful Art.Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998.

    All links retrieved July 28, 2019. 1. Bayreuth Festival 2. Contains libretti of Wagner's operas, with English translations. 3. The Wagner Library. English translations of Wagner's prose works, including some of Wagner's more notable essays. 4. The Richard Wagner Postcard-Gallery. A gallery of historic postcards with motives from Richard Wagner's operas. 5. Better to knowby Edward Said, Le Monde diplomatique 6. The Wagner Tuba 7. Works by Richard Wagner. Project Gutenberg 8. 1869 Caricature of Richard Wagner by André Gill 9. Free scores by Richard Wagnerin the Werner Icking Music Archive

  7. Richard Wagner | Biography, Albums, Streaming Links | AllMusic

    Richard Wagner Biography by Rovi Staff + Follow Artist. Wagner was a revolutionary, influential figure in Western music, expanding harmonic language with extensive ...

  8. Richard Wagner Biography - life, family, death, history ...

    The German operatic composer Richard Wagner was one of the most important figures of nineteenth-century music. Wagner was also a crucial figure in nineteenth-century cultural history for both his criticism and polemical writing, or writing that attacks established beliefs.

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    Jun 14, 2019 · Die Walküre, WWV 86B, is an opera in three acts by Richard Wagner with a German libretto by the composer. It is the second of the four operas that form Wagner's cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. The... more on Wikipedia

  10. Wagner controversies - Wikipedia

    Richard Wagner The German composer Richard Wagner was a controversial figure during his lifetime, and has continued to be so after his death. Even today he is associated in the minds of many with Nazism and his operas are often thought to extol the virtues of German nationalism. The writer and Wagner scholar Bryan Magee has written:

  11. Richard Wagner - Ride Of The Valkyries - YouTube

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