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Richard Wagner

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Leipzig, Germany (1813 – 1883)

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 s (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: themes associated with specific characters, locales, or plot elements. Wagner’s chromatic musical language prefigured later developments in European classical music (Anton Bruckner, Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss et al), including extreme chromaticism and atonality (Alban Berg, Anton Webern, Arnold Schönberg et al). He transformed musical thought through his idea of Gesamtkunstwerk (“total art-work”), epitomized by his monumental four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (1876). His concept of leitmotif and integrated musical expression was also a strong influence on many 20th century film scores.

Wagner was and remains a controversial figure, both for his musical and dramatic innovations, and for his anti-semitic and political opinions. Wagner was one of Adolf Hitler’s favorite composers; the composer’s influence on him has been a subject of heated debate ever since the end of World War II.

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  • Slim_rafa

    grandegrandegrande

    29 Mar 3:50am Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    a bit overrated, but still got a few decent compositions

    29 Mar 3:40am Reply
  • Zittyyy

    Я думаю, что это слух !

    11 Mar 8:54am Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    кстати, любимым композитором фюрера был Чайковский, так что пора уже реабилитировать Рихарда.

    9 Mar 10:19am Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    в контексте классической музыки он что-то вроде панка, и он конечно же заслуживает ривайвла интереса к себе в 21 веке

    13 Feb 3:18pm Reply
  • Tyxarion

    IHateRussians=SCHWACHKOPF !!! [4]

    1 Feb 3:20pm Reply
  • linhanyl

    IHateRussians=SCHWACHKOPF !!! [3]

    21 Jan 9:29pm Reply
  • lllAnteklll

    Also, Rule Britannia is mighty.

    13 Jan 9:36pm Reply
  • lllAnteklll

    Long live Richard Wagner!

    13 Jan 9:34pm Reply
  • Matti81

    IHateRussians=SCHWACHKOPF !!! [2] babaca!

    9 Jan 3:38pm Reply
  • GraveOzz

    its very hard not to enjoy his work. [2] Indeed.

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Ali-Red

    its very hard not to enjoy his work.

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • WorldInColour

    Tristan und Isolde is an eternal masterpiece.

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Zittyyy

    IHateRussians=SCHWACHKOPF !!!

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • IHateRussians

    NAZI.

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • exil_sils

    I greatly enjoy Parsifal

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • hjbardenhagen

    Global tags seem to have been updated since last November.This also means that some combined tag radios are working now which did not in the past, e.g. this one created with Combo.fm combining the tags AND . This results in a tag radio only playing tracks from albums recorded at the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth, mostly historic recordings.

    10 Oct 2013 Reply
  • neezinu

    ohh, Richard <3

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • hjbardenhagen

    For people in Germany, Austria and Switzerland interested in watching the Bayreuth premiere of "Der fliegende Holländer" on July 25th, 2013 in a cinema, see Wagner im Kino with an updated list of cinemas offering this live broadcast like last year with "Parsifal". The ARD will broadcast it on TV and on their website starting on 10:15pm.

    22 Jul 2013 Reply
  • mauromazzo

    Happy 200th! [2]

    22 May 2013 Reply
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