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CaptionWilhelm Richard Wagner /ˈvɑːɡnər/; German pronunciation: [ˈʁiçaʁt ˈvaːɡnɐ]; 22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883 was a German composer conductor theatre director and essayist primarily known for his operas or "music dramas" as they were later called. Wagner's compositions particularly those of his later period are notable for their complex texture rich harmonies and orchestration and the elaborate use of leitmotifs: musical themes associated with individual characters places ideas or plot elements. Unlike most other opera composers Wagner wrote both the music and libretto for every one of his stage works. Initially establishing his reputation as a composer of works such as The Flying Dutchman and Tannhäuser which were in the romantic traditions of Weber and Meyerbeer Wagner transformed operatic thought through his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk "total work of art". This would achieve the synthesis of all the poetic visual musical and dramatic arts and was announced in a series of essays between 1849 and 1852. Wagner realised this concept most fully in the first half of the monumental four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen --- --- --- Wagner pioneered advances in musical language such as extreme chromaticism and quickly shifting tonal centres which greatly influenced the development of European classical music. His Tristan und Isolde is sometimes described as marking the start of modern music. Wagner's influence spread beyond music into philosophy literature the visual arts and theatre. He had his own opera house built the Bayreuth Festspielhaus which contained many novel design features. It was here that the Ring and Parsifal received their premieres and where his most important stage works continue to be performed today in an annual festival run by his descendants. --- --- --- Wagner achieved all of this despite a life characterised which knew political exile turbulent love affairs poverty and repeated flight from his creditors
HeadlineA key figure in the history of music particularly opera elevating the work to a 'total work of art" His music & drama have remained influential despite the damage of his anti-semitic screeds
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