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    Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig, Germany. At twenty, he abandoned his academic studies at the University of Leipzig and over the next six years gained practical experience conducting in provincial theaters. He married the actress Minna Planer when he was twenty-three and produced his rst operas at this time. He wrote the librettos himself, as he did for all his later works. In this way, he was able to unify music and drama more than anyone had before. Wagner’s early opera, Rienzi, won a huge success in Dresden. With his next three works, The Flying Dutchman, Tannhäuser, and Lohengrin, Wagner took an important step by shifting his focus from the drama of historical intrigue to the idealized folk legend. He chose subjects derived from medieval German epics, displayed a profound feeling for nature, employed the supernatural as an element of the drama, and glori ed the German land and people. When a revolution broke out in Dresden in…

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    Richard Wagner was an influence to many. His work had played huge roles for many writers, composers and also government leaders. Wagner’s work was just that outstanding. When looking at some of those who were influenced by Wagner’s work you can instantly tell that they were inspired by Wagner. One write in particular that was inspired by Wagner was James Joyce. James Joyce was a writer from Ireland, who is also known as one of the most influential and important authors of his time. Joyce…

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    For my composer’s report, I decided to research the infamous works of Wilhelm Richard Wagner. I was extremely interested in Wagner’s work due to the fact that he was one of Adolph Hitler’s favorite composers. I was intrigued to hear what caught Hitler’s attention and to learn what affect his interest had on Wagner’s legacy. While doing research, I learned that Wagner was behind the very famous opera titled Tristan and Isolde. I had previously heard of that opera throughout my life, but I never…

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    Richard Wagner was a great German composer of 19th century. Wagner was born in Leipzig on May 22, 1813. His father died couple months after he was born. Wagner grew up with Ludwig Geyer who was his stepfather. One of the interesting facts, he started to play piano at the age of 7. The young student was intelligent and smart in the music development, he transcribed Beethoven’s 9th symphony for piano at the age of 15. Remarkably, Wagner was a composer, theatre director, conductor, and writer.…

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    compose words for the opera. In the early 19th Century, Wagner had strong ideas and beliefs of what opera should be, and he began to challenge all of the conventional approaches to the opera. Writing his own libretti, the idea of “Gesamtkunstwerk”, and the creation of his own instruments and adaptation of singing styles are just a few examples.…

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    The reason I chose Wagner was because of his interesting background. Being from Germany myself, I can relate better to a German composer than any other composer just because I grew up under a German culture. What is specifically interesting about Wagner that separates him from all the other composers is that he his music pieces appealed to Adolf Hitler. His music was apparently played at concentration camps, which was used to re-educate the prisoners. This created a lot of controversy, which…

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    Ernest. Wagner as Man & Artist. New York: Tudor, 1946. Print. Newman makes the point that Wagner liked to create new things for the German people. Wagner's operas are just one example of his influence over the Germans. Newman also states that Wagner could not keep his opinions or political stances to himself. He used his opera to express his opinions. This created something new for the audience. It made Wagner satisfied with introducing something new to the public and these new political ideas…

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    in relations with in his early years. One of Debussy’s mistresses, Gabrielle DuPont, threatened to commit suicide. Additionally, Rosalie Texier was actually Debussy’s first wife; and she actually tried to commit suicide. The suicide attempt was unsuccessful when she tried to shoot herself, and the thought of suicide actually dwelled in the back of Debussy’s mind, as it did other passionate artists of his time. (Lockspeiser) Claude Debussy was influenced by many other composers to create his…

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    Richard Wagner was one of the most influential, if not controversial composers of his time. Born in Germany on May 22, 1813, Wagner grew up writing musical compositions and dramas from the age of eleven. He had such high of a confidence that it would be overbearing to others that he met. It is uncertain who Wagner’s father was. He could either be the “son of police actuary Friedrich Wagner” who passed away when Richard was an infant or he could be the son of Ludwig Geyer. Geyer was a painter,…

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    A majority of people seem to agree the Wagner was an anti-Semite. Among those people, a debate has emerged as to the place of Wagner’s music in our current society. Over the course of this essay I attempt to make sense of this debate and try come to a conclusion about what place Wagner’s music should have in the 21st Century. At the same time, I am to provide context by noting his impact on music and looking toward Israel where the topic of Wagner’s music seems to be most controversial. Despite…

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