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Music 101 Notes 3-19-08

Music 101 Notes 3-19-08 - Unifies the opera o Bayreuth o...

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Music 101 Notes 3/19/2008 Richard Wagner (1813-1883) o Lived during a rebellious stage o “The Artwork of the Future” Made his own genre His own version of futuristic art o Music drama (rather than ‘opera’) o Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art) Unifying all types of arts into one piece  Claims inspiration from Greek tragedy Pays really close attention to the written word o Leitmotiv Short melody or motive attached to an idea or character Can be anything…ring, love, etc. Uses leitmotivs structurally and emotionally
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Unformatted text preview: Unifies the opera o Bayreuth o Anti-Semitic o Wrote many anti-Semitic texts o Can we see his anti-Semitism in his work? • Judaism in Music o Article that Wagner wrote o Says you can hear jewishness in his modern music • Der Ring des Nibelungen (1848-1874) o Consists of four operas: The Rhinegold, the Valkyrie, Siegfried, and The Twilight of the Gods o Characters: Alberich, who initially steals the gold Wotan, god who is corrupted by the ring Siegmund Sieglinde Siegfried, son of Siegmund and Sieglinde...
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