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Richard Wagner Biography

Wilhelm Richard Wagner was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is primarily known for his operas. 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, by which he sought to synthesise the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts, with music subsidiary to drama, and which was announced in a series of essays between 1849 and 1852. Wagner realised these ideas most fully in the first half of the four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen.

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. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Richard Wagner
Full Name:
Wilhelm Richard Wagner
Nationality:
Kingdom of Saxony
Profession:
Composer, Writer, Conductor, Music critic, Theatre Director, Author
Ethnicity:
Germans
Date of Birth:
May 22, 1813
Astrological Sign:
Gemini
Date of Death:
February 13, 1883
Age at Death:
69
Cause of Death:
Myocardial infarction
Marriages
  • 1870-08-25
    German composer Richard Wagner (57) weds Franz Liszt's daughter Cosima Liszt (32) at a Protestant church in Lucerne, Switzerland
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