Richard Wagner

Composer. Born 22 May 1813. Died 13 February 1883
Richard Wagner
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1813-05-22
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Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner Biography (Wikipedia)

Wilhelm Richard Wagner ( (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 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 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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Lisztomania (1975) - Rienzi/Chopsticks Fantasia
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Lisztomania (1975) - Rienzi/Chopsticks Fantasia

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Siegfried's Funeral March (Götterdämmerung)
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Siegfried's Funeral March (Götterdämmerung)
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Good Friday Music (Parsifal)
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Good Friday Music (Parsifal)
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The Flying Dutchman - Acts 2 & 3
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The Flying Dutchman - Acts 2 & 3

The Flying Dutchman - Acts 2 & 3

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Tomas Tomasson
Kristinn Sigmundsson
Amber Wagner
Sarah Murphy
Rodrick Dixon
Matthew Plenk
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RAI National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor
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The Flying Dutchman - Act 1
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The Flying Dutchman - Act 1

The Flying Dutchman - Act 1

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Tomas Tomasson
Kristinn Sigmundsson
Amber Wagner
Sarah Murphy
Rodrick Dixon
Matthew Plenk
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Orchestra
RAI National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor
Richard Wagner
Tannhäuser (Overture)
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Tannhäuser (Overture)
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Pilgrims' Chorus (Tannhäuser)
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Pilgrims' Chorus (Tannhäuser)
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Lohengrin (Act 3 Prelude)
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Lohengrin (Act 3 Prelude)
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Parsifal: Finale.
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Parsifal: Finale.
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Overture - The Flying Dutchman
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Overture - The Flying Dutchman
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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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Siegfried Idyll
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Siegfried Idyll

Siegfried Idyll

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Orchestra
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Members
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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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Ride of the Valkyries
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Ride of the Valkyries
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Die Walkure - Wotan's farewell (conclusion)
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Die Walkure - Wotan's farewell (conclusion)
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Isolde's Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde), trans. for piano
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Isolde's Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde), trans. for piano
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The Flying Dutchman (Overture)
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The Flying Dutchman (Overture)

The Flying Dutchman (Overture)

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London Classical Players
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Rienzi Overture
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Rienzi Overture
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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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Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Prelude)
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Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Prelude)
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Rienzi (Overture)
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Rienzi (Overture)
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Overture to Tannhauser S.442
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Overture to Tannhauser S.442
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Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde)
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Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde)
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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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Prelude and Isolde's Liebestod - from "Tristan & Isolde"
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Prelude and Isolde's Liebestod - from "Tristan & Isolde"
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Tannhauser: Overture; Venusberg music (concert version)
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Tannhauser: Overture; Venusberg music (concert version)

Tannhauser: Overture; Venusberg music (concert version)

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Orchestre du Conservatoire de Musique du Quebec
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Siegfried Idyll
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Siegfried Idyll
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The Birth of a Nation (1915) - Ride of the Klansmen & Triumph
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The Birth of a Nation (1915) - Ride of the Klansmen & Triumph
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Träume (Wesendonck Lieder)
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Träume (Wesendonck Lieder)
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Isolde's Liebestod transc. Liszt for piano, S447
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Isolde's Liebestod transc. Liszt for piano, S447
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Tannhäuser (Overture)
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Tannhäuser (Overture)
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Prelude - Tristan and Isolde
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Prelude - Tristan and Isolde
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Overture (The Flying Dutchman)
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Overture (The Flying Dutchman)
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Wesendonck Lieder: Träume
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Wesendonck Lieder: Träume
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Wesendonck Lieder: Im Treibhaus
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Wesendonck Lieder: Im Treibhaus
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Magic Fire (1955) - Der Ring Des Nibelungen, Performance - Montage
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Magic Fire (1955) - Der Ring Des Nibelungen, Performance - Montage
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Ludwig (1973) - Tannhauser (Oh! Du Mein Holder Abendstern)
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Ludwig (1973) - Tannhauser (Oh! Du Mein Holder Abendstern)
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Lisztomania (1975) - Rienzi/Chopsticks Fantasia
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Lisztomania (1975) - Rienzi/Chopsticks Fantasia
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Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
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Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
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Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde)
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Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde)
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Siegfried-Idyll for small orchestra
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Siegfried-Idyll for small orchestra

Siegfried-Idyll for small orchestra

Orchestra
Hungarian Radio Orchestra
Conductor
Richard Wagner
Prelude (Act 1 'Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg')
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Prelude (Act 1 'Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg')
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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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Siegfried Idyll for small orchestra
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Siegfried Idyll for small orchestra
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Siegfried's Rhine Journey (Götterdämmerung)
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Siegfried's Rhine Journey (Götterdämmerung)
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