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 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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Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
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Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde

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Brunnhilde's Immolation Scene from Gotterdammerung
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Brunnhilde's Immolation Scene from Gotterdammerung
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Dich Teure Halle (aria from Tannhäuser, Act 2)
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Dich Teure Halle (aria from Tannhäuser, Act 2)
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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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Prelude and liebestod (Tristan und Isolde)
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Prelude and liebestod (Tristan und Isolde)
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Wesendonck Lieder
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Wesendonck Lieder
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Liebestod
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Liebestod
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Liebestod from 'Tristan und Isolde'
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Liebestod from 'Tristan und Isolde'
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Entry of the Guests from 'Tannhäuser'
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Entry of the Guests from 'Tannhäuser'
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Sonata for Mrs M. W.
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Sonata for Mrs M. W.
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Spinning Chorus from 'Der fliegende Holländer'
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Spinning Chorus from 'Der fliegende Holländer'
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Fantasy on themes from 'Rienzi'
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Fantasy on themes from 'Rienzi'
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The Flying Dutchman (Overture)
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The Flying Dutchman (Overture)
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Albumblätt für Frau Betty Schott
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Albumblätt für Frau Betty Schott
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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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Tristan und Isolde (Prelude and Liebestod)
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Tristan und Isolde (Prelude and Liebestod)
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Die Walküre, WWV 86B: Leb wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind!
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Die Walküre, WWV 86B: Leb wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind!
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Tannhäuser, WWV 70: Blick ich umher in diesem edlen Kreise
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Tannhäuser, WWV 70: Blick ich umher in diesem edlen Kreise
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Tannhäuser, WWV70: Als du in kühnem Sange uns bestrittest
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Tannhäuser, WWV70: Als du in kühnem Sange uns bestrittest
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Das Rheingold, Scene 4 (conclusion)
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Das Rheingold, Scene 4 (conclusion)
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Das Rheingold: opening
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Das Rheingold: opening
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Gotterdammerung, Act III: 'Fliegt heim, ihr Raben!'
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Gotterdammerung, Act III: 'Fliegt heim, ihr Raben!'
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Brunnhilde's Immolation -- from Gotterdammerung (1876)
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Brunnhilde's Immolation -- from Gotterdammerung (1876)
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Wesendonck Lieder
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Wesendonck Lieder
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Tannhäuser (Overture)
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Tannhäuser (Overture)
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The Flying Dutchman, Overture
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The Flying Dutchman, Overture
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Parsifal Act 2 - 'Flower girls' scene
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Parsifal Act 2 - 'Flower girls' scene
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Huldigungsmarsch for military band
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Huldigungsmarsch for military band
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Spinning Chorus (The Flying Dutchman)
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Spinning Chorus (The Flying Dutchman)
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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Prelude)
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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Prelude)
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Good Friday Music (Parsifal)
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Good Friday Music (Parsifal)
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Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
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Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
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Wesendonck-Lieder
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Wesendonck-Lieder
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Wer bist du, Kühner Knabe (Siegfried)
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Wer bist du, Kühner Knabe (Siegfried)
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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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Traume and Im Treibhaus (Wiesendonck Lieder )
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Traume and Im Treibhaus (Wiesendonck Lieder )

Traume and Im Treibhaus (Wiesendonck Lieder )

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Estitxu Sistiaga
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Elena Mateo
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Forest Murmurs (Siegfried)
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Forest Murmurs (Siegfried)
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Tristan und Isolde - Prelude
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Tristan und Isolde - Prelude
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Bin ich nun frei? (Das Rheingold)
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Bin ich nun frei? (Das Rheingold)
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Lohengrin: Prelude
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Lohengrin: Prelude
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Lohengrin - Act 3 Prelude
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Lohengrin - Act 3 Prelude

Lohengrin - Act 3 Prelude

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Daniel Barenboim (conductor), Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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Die Meistersinger - Prelude
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Die Meistersinger - Prelude
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Ewig war ich, ewig bin ich (Siegfried)
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Ewig war ich, ewig bin ich (Siegfried)
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Prelude (Act 1 'Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg')
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Prelude (Act 1 'Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg')
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Lohengrin - Act 3; Prelude
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Lohengrin - Act 3; Prelude
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Isolde's Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
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Isolde's Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
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Wesendonck-Lieder for voice and orchestra
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Wesendonck-Lieder for voice and orchestra
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