Composer Richard Wagner Died On This Day in 1883 [ON-THIS-DAY]

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Richard Wagner

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

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Jggiq2uXu0&showinfo=0&autohide=1

RICHARD WAGNER | OVERTURE TO ‘LOHENGRIN’ | CLAUDIO ABBADO & LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA

 

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