Richard Wagner
Historical Figure
Nationality: Germany
Date of Birth: 1813
Date of Death: 1883
Cause of Death: Heart Attack
Occupation: Composer
1632 series
POD: May, 1631
Appearance(s): 1632
Type of Appearance: Reference
Wilhelm Richard Wagner (1813–1883) was a German composer, conductor, theater director and essayist, primarily known for his operas (or "music dramas", as they were later called). Unlike most other great opera composers, Wagner wrote both the scenario and libretto for his works.

Wagner's compositions, particularly those of his later period, are notable for contrapuntal texture, rich chromaticism, harmonies and orchestration, and elaborate use of leitmotifs: musical themes associated with particular characters, locales or plot elements. Wagner pioneered advances in musical language, such as extreme chromaticism and quickly shifting tonal centres, which greatly influenced the development of European classical music.

Wagner expressed extensive racist sentiments in his life. He wrote several tracts denouncing the influence of Jews on German music. A half-century after his death, the German Nazi Party appropriated Wagner's music, due in part to his simultaneous German nationlism and implied anti-Semitism.

Richard Wagner in 1632Edit

The music of Richard Wagner was brought to the 17th century after the Ring of Fire. Rebecca Abrabanel detested the composer for his personal vileness and anti-Semitism, but she thought that some of Wagner's pieces, particularly Liebestod, The Ride of the Valkyries and Der Ring des Nibelungen, could be used as part of psychological warfare at the Battle of the Wartburg.

When Frank Jackson shared with Michael Stearns his dislike of Wagner, Stearns, in turn, recalled how Rebecca forced him to listen to Parsifal for five hours as her way of proving Wagner's potential value in psychological warfare.

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