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"Imagination creates reality." -- Richard Wagner
Wilhelm Richard Wagner (, ; 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. Famous extracts from his operas include the "Ride of the Valkyries" and the Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin, popularly known as the wedding march "Here Comes the Bride".

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. However, his thoughts on the relative importance of music and drama were to change again and he reintroduced some traditional operatic forms into his last few stage works including Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

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's views on conducting were also highly influential.

Wagner achieved all of this despite a life characterised, until his last decades, by political exile, turbulent love affairs, poverty and repeated flight from his creditors. His pugnacious personality and often outspoken views on music, politics and society made him a controversial figure during his life. He has remained one to this day because of his antisemitic writings.

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Total Books: 755
Judaism in Music  Being the Original Essay Together With the Later Supplement
2017 - Judaism in Music Being the Original Essay Together with the Later Supplement [Das Judenthum in Der Musik - Classic Reprint] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781330090152
ISBN-10: 1330090152
Genre: Arts & Photography

Art Life and Theories of Richard Wagner
2016 - Art Life and Theories of Richard Wagner [Amateur Series] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781540754332
ISBN-10: 1540754332
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Reference

Die Walkre Der Rind der Nibelungen Erster Tag Textbuch - Libretto
2015 - Die Walkre Der Rind Der Nibelungen Erster Tag Textbuch - Libretto [German Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781511629584
ISBN-10: 1511629584
Genres: Arts & Photography, History

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
2015 - Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg [Overture Opera Guides] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781847495587
ISBN-10: 1847495583
Genre: Arts & Photography

The story of Bayreuth as told in the Bayreuth letters of Richard Wagner  - Scholar's Choice Edition
Letters to Wesendonck et al
2015 - Letters to Wesendonck Et Al [Cambridge Library Collection - Music] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781108079525
ISBN-10: 1108079520
Genres: Arts & Photography, History

2014 - Parsifal (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781500881726
ISBN-10: 1500881724
Genre: Arts & Photography

Wesendonck Lieder
2014 - Wesendonck Lieder [German Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9791090800083
Genre: Arts & Photography

2014 - Beethoven (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783956100796
ISBN-10: 3956100794
Genres: Arts & Photography, Biographies & Memoirs, Politics & Social Sciences

The Art-Work of the Future
2014 - The Art-work of the Future (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781496087263
ISBN-10: 1496087267
Genres: Arts & Photography, Politics & Social Sciences

The Story of Bayreuth as Told in the Bayreuth Letters of Richard Wagner - Primary Source Edition
Longfellow And The Deep Hidden Woods
2013 - Longfellow and the Deep Hidden Woods (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781610983440
ISBN-10: 1610983440
Genre: Children's Books

2013 - Die Walkure Wwv 86 B Vocal/piano Score German Based on the Complete Edition [Wagner Urtext Piano/vocal Scores] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783795798734
ISBN-10: 3795798736
Genre: Arts & Photography

The Gospel of Kink
2013 - The Gospel of Kink (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781610983648
ISBN-10: 1610983645
Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting

Der Ring des Nibelungen
2013 - Der Ring Des Nibelungen [German Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781482769814
ISBN-10: 1482769816
Genre: Arts & Photography

Mein Leben
2013 - Mein Leben [German Edition] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781482769845
ISBN-10: 1482769840
Genre: Literature & Fiction

2013 - Gotterdammerung Der Ring Des Nibelungen Wwv 86 D Vocal Sc German Based on Complete Ed [Wagner Urtext Piano/vocal Scores] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783795798758
ISBN-10: 3795798752
Genre: Arts & Photography

Tristan und Isolde Vocal Score
2013 - Tristan Und Isolde Vocal Score (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780486498041
ISBN-10: 0486498042
Genre: Arts & Photography

On Conducting  A Treatise on Style in the Execution of Classical Music
2012 - On Conducting a Treatise on Style in the Execution of Classical Music [Eber Das Dirigiren] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783849157579
ISBN-10: 3849157571
Genres: Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction

A Very Extra-Ordinary Place
2012 - A Very Extra-ordinary Place (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781610983365
ISBN-10: 161098336X
Genre: Children's Books

2012 - Siegfried [German Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781480040496
ISBN-10: 1480040495
Genre: Arts & Photography

2012 - Lohengrin [German Edition] (Paperback)
2012 - Das Liebesverbot [German Edition] (Paperback)
2012 - Die Feen [German Edition] (Paperback)
2012 - Die Meistersinger Von Nremberg [German Edition] (Paperback)
2012 - Der Fliegende Hollnder [German Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
2012 - Das Rheingold [German Edition] (Paperback)
2012 - Die Walkre [German Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
2012 - Tristan E Isolda [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2012 - Der Fliegende Hollander/the Flying Dutchman [Overture Opera Guides] (Paperback)
2011 - Die Walkure [The Valkyrie - English National Opera Guides] (Paperback)
2011 - Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg English National Opera Guide 19 [The Mastersingers of Nuremberg - Oper Guides] (Paperback)
2011 - Siegfried English National Opera Guide 28 [English National Opera Guides] (Paperback)
2011 - Das Rheingold English National Opera Guide 35 [The Rhinegold - Opera Guides] (Paperback)
2010 - Levittown [Images of America Arcadia Publishing] (Paperback)
2010 - Dreamweaver Cs5 All-in-one for Dummies [For Dummies Computer/Tech] (Paperback)
2010 - My Life Vol 1 [Facsimile Reprint Edition] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
2010 - My Life Vol 2 [Facsimile Reprint Edition] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
2010 - Bayreuther Bltter Volume 14 [German Edition] (Paperback)
2010 - Mein Leben Volume 2 [German Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
2010 - Oper Und Drama [German Edition] (Paperback)
2010 - Mein Leben Volume 1 [German Edition] (Paperback)
2010 - Opera (Paperback)Paperback
2010 - Herzog Christian I 1658-1692 [Louis - German Edition] (Paperback)
2010 - Prose Works [Volume 4] (Paperback)
2009 - Samtliche [German Edition] (Hardcover)
2009 - Pilgrimage to Beethoven [Library Edition Audio CDs - L.A. Theatre Works Audio Theatre Collections] (Audio CD)Paperback
2009 - Quatre Pomes D'opras [French Edition] (Paperback)Hardcover
2009 - L'sotrisme De Parsifal [French Edition] (Hardcover)
2009 - Safari and Webkit Development for Iphone Os 30 [Wrox Programmer to Programmer] (Paperback)
2009 - Le Vaisseau Fantome Opera En Trois Actes [1905 - French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
2009 - Gtterdmmerung [The Dusk of the Gods] (Paperback)
2009 - My Life [1911] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
2009 - Herzog Christian Louis I 1658-1692 [1906 - German Edition] (Paperback)Hardcover
2009 - Briefe Richard Wagners an Emil Heckel [1899 - German Edition] (Paperback)
2009 - Le Vaisseau Fantme [Dodo Press - French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
2008 - Opera and Drama [Dodo Press] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
2008 - Judaism in Music [Dodo Press] (Paperback)
2008 - Art and Revolution [Dodo Press] (Paperback)Paperback
2008 - Die Meistersinger Von Nrnberg [German Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
2008 - Die Meistersinger Von Narnberg [Large Print Edition] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
2008 - My Life - Volume 2 [Large Print Edition] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
2008 - My Life Volume 1 [Large Print Edition] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
2008 - Building Facebook Applications for Dummies [For Dummies Computer/Tech] (Paperback)
2008 - The Book of Revelation for Dummies [For Dummies Religion & Spirituality] (Paperback)
2008 - Tristan and Isolde [Dodo Press] (Paperback)Paperback
2006 - Web Design Before After Makeovers [Before & After Makeovers] (Paperback)
2005 - Yahoo Sitebuilder for Dummies [For Dummies Computer/Tech] (Paperback)
2005 - Die Walkure Vocal Score [Dover Vocal Scores] (Paperback)Paperback
2003 - Miss Bukarest [German Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
2001 - Mein Leben Zweiter Band [German Edition] (Paperback)
2001 - Mein Leben Erster Band [German Edition] (Paperback)
2001 - Parsifal Textbuch [Opern der Welt] (Paperback)
2000 - Javascript Unleashed [3rd Edition] (Paperback)
1991 - Der Ring [German Edition] (Paperback)
1990 - Exit (Paperback)Hardcover
1987 - Trauersinfonie Score and Parts [Hal Leonard Concert Band Series] (Paperback)
1985 - Twilight of the Gods [Opera Guide] (Paperback)
1985 - Der Fliegende Hollnder Chorus Parts [The Flying Dutchman - German, English Language Edition - Chorus Parts - Kalmus Edition - Dutch Edition] (Paperback)
1985 - Tristan and Isolde Prelude and Love Death [Kalmus Miniature Orchestra Scores, No. 48] (Paperback)
1984 - Tannhauser in Full Score [Music Scores Music to Play Series] (Paperback)
1984 - The Valkyrie Die Walkure [Opera Guide] (Paperback)Paperback
1980 - Diary (Hardcover)
1979 - Rienzi (Paperback)
1978 - Die Walkure in Full Score [Music Scores] (Paperback)
Wagner Best of Cdrom [Naxos Classical] (Hardcover)
The Flying Dutchman [Curtain-raiser Books] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
Parsifal Drame Sacre En Trois Actes [Collection Theatre de Caen/Actes sud - French Edition] (Other)Paperback
Correspondance [Collection Musique-musicologie] (Paperback)Paperback
Die Walkure Erster Tag Aus Dem Buhnenfestspiel Der Ring Des Nibelungen [Universal-Bibliothek ; Nr. 5642 - German Edition] (Other)
Samtliche Briefe [German Edition] (Paperback)
Das Rheingold Der Ring Des Nibelungen [Opern der Welt - German Edition] (Paperback)
Die Walkure Der Ring Des Nibelungen [Goldmann Schott Opern der Welt - German Edition] (Other)Paperback
Tristan Und Isolde [Goldmann Schott Opern der Welt - German Edition] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
Ausgewahlte Schriften [Insel Taschenbuch ; 66 - German Edition] (Other)
Richard Wagner Die Feen [Insel Taschenbuch - German Edition] (Other)Paperback
Rostregen Gedichte [German Edition] (Other)
Briefe [German Edition] (Hardcover)
Tannhauser Texte Materialien Kommentare [Rororo Opernbucher - German Edition] (Other)
Lohengrin Texte Materialien Kommentare [Rororo Opernbucher - German Edition] (Other)Paperback
Schwarze Kreide Gedichte [German Edition] (Other)
Volker Ohne Signale Zum Epochenbruch in Osteuropa [Rotbuch Taschenbuch - German Edition] (Other)
Mythendammerung Einwurfe Eines Mitteleuropaers [Rotbuch Taschenbuch - German Edition] (Other)
Giancarlos Koffer [German Edition] (Paperback)
Holandes Errante El [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
El Oro Del Rhin [Ma Non Troppointroduccion a La Opera - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Tristano E Isolda Con Testo a Fronte [Il nuovo melograno - German Edition] (Paperback)
Rheingold [Music Scores] (Paperback)