Royalty Free Music - Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner- Biography
Wagner was a German composer whose works in the opera
genre brought tremendous development in composition, conception,
staging and performance. His works typify the "Romantic" period
by their dramatically expressive qualities, but his harmonies
pointed towards the new music of the twentieth century.
Richard Wagner was born on May 22nd 1813 in
Leipzig, Germany. His early years were much influenced by
his actor stepfather, who took the young Richard with him
to the theatre and helped him to develop an early love of
the stage. At school he began to learn about harmony and counterpoint
with a local conductor, and attended performances of works
by Beethoven and von Weber. This combination of theatre and
music brought Wagner to a desire to write opera,
and on leaving school he began to compose in earnest.
His early works were not always well received,
and with his new wife Minna Planner, Wagner travelled much
to escape his creditors. Finally however, he achieved success
in 1842 with "Rienzi", and the audience were astonished at
the five hour long performance and the complexity of the tenor's
part. It became known that Wagner wrote his own libretti,
an unusual practise at this time, and Wagner found an admiring
public at last for his works. The premier of "Der Fliegende
Hollander" (The Flying Dutchman) on January 2nd, 1843 amazed
audiences, and Wagner was offered a position at the court
of the King of Saxony, his first taste of financial stability.
He wrote more and more music, developing his own style and
working with grand stories and epic adventure. He also wrote
several papers espousing his view on theatre, music and culture.
His works and theories began to have a profound
effect on society, and his benefactors adored him. He built
his own opera house in Bayreuth, where he for the first time
used an orchestra pit and darkened the theatre during performances.
He wote a work a conducting which influenced the whole tradition
of conducting in Europe, and his new harmonic constructions
strongly influenced the musical styles of the twentieth century.
He died on February 13th, 1883 in Venice, and was buried in
the grounds of his theatre in Bayreuth. Some of Wagner's works
are available here to download and license as royalty free
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