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Richard Wagner


Wagner built his own opera house to better stage works as he imagined them.
  German composer, music theorist, and essayist, primarily known for his groundbreaking symphonic-operas (1813-1883)
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Wagner’s compositions, particularly those of his later period, are notable for contrapuntal texture, rich chromaticism, harmonies and orchestration, and elaborate use of leitmotifs: musical themes associated with particular characters, locales or plot elements. Wagner pioneered advances in musical language, such as extreme chromaticism and quickly shifting tonal centres, which greatly influenced the development of European classical music.

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  • Some say Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde was the start of modern music.
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    Willa Cather  --  A Wagner Matinee
  • Finally my father looked up from the manuscript and stared at me and said, ’Who is this Neville Chamberlain who so loves the works of Richard Wagner?’
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  • Some of the people mentioned are Schumann, Clara Wieck, Hector Berlioz, Johannes Brahms, Beethoven, Joachim, Richard Wagner, Hans von Bulow, Anton Rubinstein, Frederic Chopin, Victor Hugo, Honore de Balzac, Hiller, Hummel, Czerny, Rossini, Cherubini, Paganini, Mendels— sohn, etc., etc.
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  • Nineteenth-century composer Richard Wagner went back to the Germanic myths for the material for his operas, and whether the results are good or bad in either historic or musical terms, the impulse to work with his tribal myths is completely understandable.
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  • And thereupon we saw Richard Wagner marching at the head of a host just as vast, and felt the pressure of those thousands as they clung and closed upon him.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • But the only other bit I can remember is "Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig."
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • Professor Erlin classed him with Richard Wagner, but of him he spoke not with anger but with good-humoured laughter.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • DIE OPERN VON RICHARD WAGNER "The operas of Wagner?"
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  • He could imagine Richard Wagner sitting in his box and laughing till his sides ached at the sight of all the people who were taking it seriously.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • What Sophie had told me earlier about his youth and education was apparently true: his early years in Vienna during the time of Franz Josef had fed the fires of his pro-Teutonic passion and inflamed him everlastingly with a vision of Europe saved by pan-Germanism and the spirit of Richard Wagner.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Because, you see, there was this English writer Chamberlain that my father was using in the essay everywhere to support his own philosophy, I don’t know if you have heard of him, he write a book called Die Grundlagen des—Oh well, in English I think it have the name Foundation of the Nineteenth Century, and it is filled with love of Germany and worship of Richard Wagner and this very bitter hatred of Jews, saying they contaminate the culture of Europe and such as that.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • At two o’clock the Symphony Orchestra was to give a Wagner program, and I intended to take my aunt; though, as I conversed with her I grew doubtful about her enjoyment of it.
    Willa Cather  --  A Wagner Matinee
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Richard Wagner [3] , Puccini [9] , Beethoven [2] , Bach [3] , Mozart [3] , Claude Debussy [6] , Handel [6] , Haydn [6] , Tchaikovsky [6] , Aaron Copland [7] , Antonio Vivaldi [7] , George Gershwin [7] , Robert Schumann [7] , Rachmaninoff [8] , Rossini [8] , Franz Liszt [9] , Gustav Mahler [9] , Puccini [9]
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