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Lecture 15 Outline: Nationalism II I. Wagner and the “Music of the Future” i. Biography Lived 1813-1883 Born in Leipzig, Germany Largely self-taught Originally wrote traditional opera, but it TANKED Later created new style of opera: “music dramas” o Synthesis of all art Megalomaniac (obsessed with own power) ii. Gesamtkunstwerk and Wagner’s Musical Style Gesamt-kunst-werk = complete-art-work Endless melody – continuous music o No aria/recitative distinction Orchestra is integral part of the drama Leitmotifs Basis of progressive “New” German School – the neo- Hegelians o Along with Liszt, Berlioz, and Smetana Leitmotive Wagner’s term: A motive or short melody representing a person, object, place, idea, emotion, etc. o Think, Imperial March and Darth Vader Occurs throughout opera(s) Sometimes in altered form Wagner and Philosophy Wagner’s plan: To reconstruct the history of music of the German people from myth to present – all through his own music History as progress towards perfection = rings of
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