Richard Wagner
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1813-05-22
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Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner Biography (Wikipedia)

Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is primarily known for his operas (or, as some of his later works were later known, "music dramas"). Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the libretto and the music for each of his stage works. Initially establishing his reputation as a composer of works in the romantic vein of Weber and Meyerbeer, Wagner revolutionised opera through his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk ("total work of art"), by which he sought to synthesise the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts, with music subsidiary to drama. He described this vision in a series of essays published between 1849 and 1852. Wagner realised these ideas most fully in the first half of the four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung).

His compositions, particularly those of his later period, are notable for their complex textures, rich harmonies and orchestration, and the elaborate use of leitmotifs—musical phrases associated with individual characters, places, ideas or plot elements. His advances in musical language, such as extreme chromaticism and quickly shifting tonal centres, greatly influenced the development of classical music. His Tristan und Isolde is sometimes described as marking the start of modern music.

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Im Treibhaus (Wesendonck-Lieder)
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Im Treibhaus (Wesendonck-Lieder)
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Träume (Wesendonck-Lieder)
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Träume (Wesendonck-Lieder)
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Isoldes Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde - An Orchestral Passion)
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Isoldes Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde - An Orchestral Passion)
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Romanze (from an Album Leaf)
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Romanze (from an Album Leaf)
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Concert Prelude to Tristan und Isolde arranged Kocsis for piano
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Concert Prelude to Tristan und Isolde arranged Kocsis for piano
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Gotterdammerung: Siegfried's Funeral March
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Gotterdammerung: Siegfried's Funeral March
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Mastersingers Overture
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Mastersingers Overture
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Tristan and Isolde – Prelude, Act 1 (feat. Javier Perianes) (BBC Philharmonic 2016-17 Season)
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Tristan and Isolde – Prelude, Act 1 (feat. Javier Perianes) (BBC Philharmonic 2016-17 Season)
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Rhine maiden chorus from Das Rheingold
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Rhine maiden chorus from Das Rheingold

Rhine maiden chorus from Das Rheingold

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Oda Balsborg, Hetty Plümacher, Ira Malaniuk, Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti (conductor)
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Schwüles Gedünst - aria from Das Rheingold
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Schwüles Gedünst - aria from Das Rheingold
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Siegried Idyll
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Siegried Idyll
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Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Prelude to Act 1)
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Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Prelude to Act 1)
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Lohengrin: Act 3 Prelude
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Lohengrin: Act 3 Prelude
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Das Rheingold - 'Zur Burg führt die Brücke'
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Das Rheingold - 'Zur Burg führt die Brücke'
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Der Fliegende Hollander - 'Johohoe!'
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Der Fliegende Hollander - 'Johohoe!'
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Der Fliegende Hollander - 'Wie aus der ferne'
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Der Fliegende Hollander - 'Wie aus der ferne'
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Tristan Und Isolde - 'Mild und leise wie er lächelt'
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Tristan Und Isolde - 'Mild und leise wie er lächelt'
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Tristan Und Isolde -'Einsam in der Nacht'
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Tristan Und Isolde -'Einsam in der Nacht'
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Tristan Und Isolde - 'O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe'
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Tristan Und Isolde - 'O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe'
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The Ring - An Orchestral Adventure, Arr. Henk De Vlieger
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The Ring - An Orchestral Adventure, Arr. Henk De Vlieger
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Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - opera in 3 acts: Prelude arr.Cameron for organ
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Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - opera in 3 acts: Prelude arr.Cameron for organ
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