Lecture 14 - Wagner

Lecture 14 - Wagner - Lecture 14 Richard Wagner (1813-83)...

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Lecture 14 – Richard Wagner (1813-83) Controversial and not likeable as a person Numerous flaws Egotist, liar, debtor, decadent, lustful, anti-Semitic Why study his music? Music overcomes personal deficiencies Huge influence on composers that came after him Music drama : Wagnerian opera Most sensuous, provocative compositions in 19 th c. music Quintessential romantic, pagan Ethnic nationalism Tremendous power of persusasion 4 musical dramas: Ring Cycle , 20 hours long Wagner attempted to merge music and language in a special way had a slow start, not a musical prodigy, didn’t show interest or skill musical composition did not have perfect pitch tried and failed to create an epic early on set Shakespearean tragedy to music got involved in music teaching, violin lessons, composing start career: unsuccessful operas went to Paris: Berlioz impact on his career, French operatic tradition, led him to musical innovations Tristan and Isolde (1859) Background most sensuous composition of 19 th c. fills romantic interest, art can transcend form
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