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Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22nd May 1813 in Leipzig, Germany – 13th February 1883 in Venice, Italy) was an influential German composer, conductor, music theorist, and essayist, primarily known for his operas (or "music dramas" as he later came to call them). His compositions, particularly those of his later period, are notable for their contrapuntal texture, rich harmonies and orchestration, and elaborate use of leitmotifs:…

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  • It took some time to appreciate his genius...
  • actually, Nietzsche said that Wagner's music saved him of becoming a "decadent",
  • "Sadly Wagner didn't write more symphonies. But I must be happy with what he already composed." Nonsense! Wagnerian art was conceived intrinsically as operistic. This sort of lament sounds like prejudiced against opera.
  • eterno lacrador
  • Gênio eternizado.
  • Love this Music
  • Never get tired of the Lohengrin prelude to the first act.
  • The richest melodies and harmonies I've ever heard. Especially in the Tristan und Isolde opera. Is there any composer who is better than Wagner? I doubt it.
  • Everyone should break away from Nietzsche's philosophy. The answer to and pondering using his beliefs is always "Who cares? It doesn't matter, because god is dead."
  • With the Spotify on-demand playback on all Last.fm pages showing tracks (e.g. albums) it's quite easy to listen to some complete Bayreuth performances of the Ring now. My favorite is the one by [url=http://open.spotify.com/album/48tlbrSWs89YQel2fI60zU]Daniel Barenboim[/url], but the albums by [url=http://open.spotify.com/album/5HtYen7O0s6Sr7CpuutJwF]Christian Thielemann[/url], [url=http://open.spotify.com/album/7B1Getf8GaXb9FtqIilA0Z]Pierre Boulez[/url], [url=http://open.spotify.com/album/58TkFPXESI8f1jK7TTOIDh]Karl Böhm[/url] et al can transport the unique live sound of the Festspielhaus to your speakers as well. Older ones in mono are also worth listening featuring legendary Wagner singers and conductors.

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