Richard Wagner

Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22nd May 1813 in Leipzig, Germany – 13th February 1883 in Venice, Italy) was an influential German composer, conductor, music theorist, and essayist, primarily known for his operas (or music dramas as he later came to call them). His compositions, particularly those of his later period, are notable for their contrapuntal texture, rich harmonies and orchestration, and elaborate use of leitmotifs: themes associated with specific characters, locales, or plot elements. Wagner's chromatic musical language prefigured later developments in European classical music (Anton Bruckner, Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss et al), including extreme chromaticism and atonality (Alban Berg, Anton Webern, Arnold Schönberg et al). He transformed musical thought through his idea of Gesamtkunstwerk (total art-work), epitomized by his monumental four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (1876). His concept of leitmotif and integrated musical expression was also a strong influence on many 20th century film scores. Wagner was and remains a controversial figure, both for his musical and dramatic innovations, and for his anti-semitic and political opinions. Wagner was one of Adolf Hitler's favorite composers; the composer's influence on him has been a subject of heated debate ever since the end of World War II. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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Ride of the Valkyries
The Ride of the Valkyries
Wesendonk Lieder: Schmerzen
The Flying Dutchman
Siegfried Idyll
Die Walkure: Ride of the Valkyries
Prelude
Lohengrin Prelude to Act III
Die Walkure - Ride of the Valkyries (as heard in Apocalypse Now)
Overture
Rienzi
Der fliegende Hollander: Overture
Wagner: Das Liebesverbot: Verweiler hier, hier muss er kommen!
Die Walkure - Ride of the Valkyries
Lohengrin
Die Walkure, Act III: Ride of the Valkyries
Tannhäuser: Overture
Entry Of The Gods Into Valhalla
Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), WWV 86b, Act 3: Ride of the Valkyries
Siegfried's Death and Funeral March
Tannhauser Overture
Vorspiel
Act III
Act I
Tristan Und Isolde : Prelude To Act I / Isolde's Liebestod
Parsifal: Prelude
Gotterdammerung, Act III: Siegfried's Funeral March
Ouverture
O Fortuna (Excalibur theme)
Wagner: Tannhäuser, WWV 70: Overture (Andante maestoso - Allegro)
Wagner: Das Rheingold: Dem Haupt fugt - Alberich
The Ride of the Valkyries (Die Walkure)
Act III Scene 2: Weh', nun is all' unser Gluck dahin! (Lohengrin, Elsa)
Bridal Chorus
Prelude to Tristan and Isolde
Evening Star (Wagner)
Liebestod
Die Walkure - Ride of the Valkyries (as heard on Apocalypse Now)
Du bist der Lenz
Apocalypse Now
Wagner: Tannhauser: Prelude
Wagner: Lohengrin: Meine lieber Schwan!
Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla
The Flying Dutchman: Overture
Tristan und Isolde- Prelude and Liebestod
Faust - Overture
Einsam wachend in der Nacht
Twilight of the Gods: Funeral March
Tannhauser
Forest Murmurs

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