Presentation on theme: "RICHARD WAGNER Jenny Cho World Hist. G. Brief Biography Born in Leipzig, Germany on May 22,1813 Loved theatre when he was young, due to stepfathers influence."— Presentation transcript:
Brief Biography Born in Leipzig, Germany on May 22,1813 Loved theatre when he was young, due to stepfathers influence German composer and director; wrote thirteen operas and numerous other compositions Died on Feb. 13, 1883 in Venice, Italy.
His Work: How it affected the opera scene many western productions are based on Wagners operas influenced musicians, poets, playwrights, and painters
A taste of his work pointed to the beginnings of the Romantic period and beyond Wagner was a very passionate man and most of his operas were a result from this passion theme of most of his work is how desire can cause great suffering.
Samples of his Work Die Liebesverbot http://kr.youtube.com/watch?v=tO-hLHA-us0 Rienzi http://kr.youtube.com/watch?v=tXwBGL1a8ZE
Wagner & German Nationalism Then came the Students' Association. The League of Virtue was founded. All so fantastic that no human being could grasp it. But I did. Now it is me no one grasps: I am the most German being, I am the German spirit. Question the incomparable magic of my works, compare them with the rest: and you can, for the present, say no differently than that - it is German. But what is this German? It must be something wonderful, mustn't it, for it is humanly finer than all else? - Oh heavens! It should have a soil, this German! I should be able to find my people! What a glorious people it ought to become. But to this people only could I belong. -Wagner, Richard
Wagner & German Nationalism A lot of his work was based on old German myths and stories portrayed a lot of German culture in his operas
Interesting Facts Richard has been classified as a anarchist, socialist, proto-fascist (right-winged), and nationalist. Richard had three years of formal training in music theory, but he never learned how to play a specific instrument.
Bibliography Felsenfeld, Daniel, and Donna Getzinger. Richard Wagner and German Opera (Masters of Music). Greensboro, North Carolina: Morgan Reynolds Publishing, 2004. Richard Wagner Archive. 3 Dec 2008.http://users.utu.fi/hansalmi/wagner.html ABC-CLIO: World History: Modern: Entry Display. 3 Dec 2008.http://www.worldhistory.abc- clio.com/Search/Display.aspx?categoryid=22&entryid=316170&searchtext=rich ard+wagner&type=simple&option=all