Richard Wagner
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1813-05-22
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Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner Biography (Wikipedia)

Wilhelm Richard Wagner ( VAHG-nər, (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"). 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 Carl Maria von Weber and Giacomo 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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Richard Wagner Performances & Interviews


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Das Liebesverbot (Overture)
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Das Liebesverbot (Overture)

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Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Prelude
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Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Prelude

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Prelude

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Berliner Philharmoniker, conductor Seiji Ozawa
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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Prelude)
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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Prelude)
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Siegfried's Funeral Music (Götterdämmerung)
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Siegfried's Funeral Music (Götterdämmerung)
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Siegfried's Funeral March (Gotterdammerung)
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Siegfried's Funeral March (Gotterdammerung)
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The Bridge leads you homeward (Das Rheingold)
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The Bridge leads you homeward (Das Rheingold)
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Overture to Tannhauser S.442
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Overture to Tannhauser S.442
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Pilgrim's Chorus (Tannhäuser)
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Pilgrim's Chorus (Tannhäuser)
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Bacchanale from Tannhäuser Act 1
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Bacchanale from Tannhäuser Act 1
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Traume (Wesendonck Lieder)
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Traume (Wesendonck Lieder)
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Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde)
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Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde)
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Wesendonck Lieder (1995 - Remaster): V. Traume
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Wesendonck Lieder (1995 - Remaster): V. Traume
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Die Walkure (Siegmund's Love Song)
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Die Walkure (Siegmund's Love Song)
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NUR EINE WAFFE TAUGT! (Parsifal, Act 3)
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NUR EINE WAFFE TAUGT! (Parsifal, Act 3)

NUR EINE WAFFE TAUGT! (Parsifal, Act 3)

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BARENBOIM & BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER, DANIEL
Siegfried Jerusalem
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Parsifal Suite
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Parsifal Suite
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Forest Murmurs (Siegfried)
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Forest Murmurs (Siegfried)
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Ride of the Valkyries
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Ride of the Valkyries
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Die Walkure
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Die Walkure
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Siegfried-Idyll for small orchestra
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Siegfried-Idyll for small orchestra

Siegfried-Idyll for small orchestra

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Hungarian Radio Orchestra
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Richard Wagner
Tannhauser: Overture; Venusberg music (concert version)
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Tannhauser: Overture; Venusberg music (concert version)

Tannhauser: Overture; Venusberg music (concert version)

Orchestra
Orchestre du Conservatoire de Musique du Quebec
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Leb' Wohl (Die Walkure, Act 3)
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Leb' Wohl (Die Walkure, Act 3)
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Das Rheingold: Prelude
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Das Rheingold: Prelude

Das Rheingold: Prelude

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Frankfurt Opera House And Museum Orchestra
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The Flying Dutchman (Overture)
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The Flying Dutchman (Overture)
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Tannhauser: Overture
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Tannhauser: Overture
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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Prelude)
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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Prelude)
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Lohengrin (Act 3 Prelude)
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Lohengrin (Act 3 Prelude)
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Rienzi Overture
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Rienzi Overture
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Gotterdammerung - Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene
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Gotterdammerung - Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene
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Gotterdammerung - Siegfried's Death and Funeral March
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Gotterdammerung - Siegfried's Death and Funeral March
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Gotterdammerung - Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey
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Gotterdammerung - Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey
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Siegfried - Forest Murmurs
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Siegfried - Forest Murmurs
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Lohengrin: Act III (conclusion)
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Lohengrin: Act III (conclusion)
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Siegfried Idyll
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Siegfried Idyll
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Träume (Wesendonck Lieder), arr Henry Wood
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Träume (Wesendonck Lieder), arr Henry Wood
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Spinning Chorus from The Flying Dutchman transc for piano
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Spinning Chorus from The Flying Dutchman transc for piano
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The Flying Dutchman: Overture
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The Flying Dutchman: Overture
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Overture: Der Fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)
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Overture: Der Fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)
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Der Engel (Wesendonck-Lieder)
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Der Engel (Wesendonck-Lieder)

Der Engel (Wesendonck-Lieder)

Orchestra
German Opera Orchestra
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The Ride of the Valkyries (Die Walküre)
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The Ride of the Valkyries (Die Walküre)
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Prologue: Dawn music & Siegfried's Rhine journey from Gotterdammerung
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Prologue: Dawn music & Siegfried's Rhine journey from Gotterdammerung
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Lohengrin, Prelude to act 3
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Lohengrin, Prelude to act 3
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Wesendonck Lieder- Traume for solo Violin and Orchestra
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Wesendonck Lieder- Traume for solo Violin and Orchestra
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Siegfried Idyll
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Siegfried Idyll

Siegfried Idyll

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Swedish Chamber Orchesra
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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Prelude)
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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Prelude)
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Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey (Götterdämmerung)
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Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey (Götterdämmerung)
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Siegfried Idyll
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Siegfried Idyll
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