Richard Wagner Biography

Richard Wagner

Wilhelm Richard Wagner (born May 22, 1813 - died February 13, 1883 at age 69 years) was an influential German composer, music theorist, and writer, but is best known through the works of opera. His music is often played, most notably the "Ride of the Valkyries" from Die Walküre and the "Bridal Chorus" from Lohengrin. Wagner was also a highly controversial figure, because innovation and innovation plays music and also because he is a supporter of the ideas of anti-Semitism. In the history of music, he is classified as a composer of the Romantic Period.

He was born in Leipzig, Germany, on May 22, 1813. His father, a lowly municipal official, died six months after birth, and in August 1814 his mother married an actor named Ludwig Geyer. Geyer, who is rumored that the real Wagner's father, died when Wagner was six years old, her mother was raised only lead Wagner.



(1832) Die Hochzeit
(1834) Die Feen
(1836) Das Liebesverbot
(1837) Rienzi - Rienzi, der letzte der Tribunen
(1843) Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutch)
(1845) Tannhäuser
(1848) Lohengrin
(1859) Tristan und Isolde (Tristan and Isolde)
(1867) Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Nuremberg The Great Singers)
Der Ring des Nibelungen (Ring of Nibelung)
(1854) Das Rheingold
(1856) Die Walküre (The Valkyrie)
(1871) Siegfried
(1874) Götterdämmerung (The Twilight of Gods)
(1882) Parsifal

Non-operatic music

Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin (popular in countries that speak English as "Here Comes the Bride" (Arrival of the Bride) is often played as a counterpoint to the wedding.

Other works

Wagner is a writer who often work, making up more than a hundred books, poetry, and articles, as well as a large amount of correspondence. His work covers a broad topic, including politics, philosophy, and a complete analysis of (often conflicting) about opera.
He was responsible for several theatrical innovations developed at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, an opera house that was built specifically for opera performances. Other innovations include skimming auditorium during performances, and put the orchestra in a pit that does not look the audience. Bayreuth Festspielhaus is the location of an annual festival, Richard Wagner Festival, which attracts thousands of opera fans to Bayreuth each summer.

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