Legendary German composer, conductor, theatre director and polemicist, Richard Wagner died on this day in 1883 – 134 years ago, aged 69.
His signature works include the operas: ‘Die Walkure’, ‘Lohengrin’, ‘Parsifal’, ‘Tristan und Isolde’, ‘The Flying Dutchman’, ‘Tannhauser’ – and the epic ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen.’
His compositions are notable for their complex textures, rich harmonies and orchestration – and his elaborate use of leitmotifs.
Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the libretto and the music for each of his famed stage works.
RICHARD WAGNER | DIE WALKURE | RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES | PIERRE BOULEZ & BAYREUTH ORCHESTRA
RICHARD WAGNER | TRISTAN UND ISOLDE | PRELUDE | ZUBIN MEHTA | BAYERISCHES STAATORCHESTER
RICHARD WAGNER | TANNHÄUSER OVERTURE | CHRISTIAN THEILEMANN | MUNICH PHILHARMONIC
RICHARD WAGNER | OVERTURE TO ‘LOHENGRIN’ | CLAUDIO ABBADO & LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA