Wagner's Operas Analytical Essay by Nicky

Wagner's Operas
An examination of several of Richard Wagner's famous musical works.
# 148593 | 1,494 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 27, 2011 in Music Studies (Classical and Baroque) , Music Studies (Composers)

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The paper relates that Wagner's operas changed the nature of modern music, even the structure of modern opera houses and the expectations listeners brought to the concert experience. The paper examines Wagner's operas, including "Leubald", "Die Bergwerke zu Falun", "Fredreich I", "Jesus de Nazareth", "Wieland der Schmeid" and "Der Sieger" to illustrate how Wagner had strong views about religion, German nationalism, the importance of German folk tales and culture.

Die Bergwerke zu Falun
Fredreich I
Jesus de Nazareth
Wieland der Schmeid
Der Sieger

From the Paper:

"Shadows of his ambition, if not his greatness are manifest in Leubald. Wagner's Leubald is one of his earliest creative endeavors. The work was begun when the author was only thirteen and he was still a student. Wagner had aspirations as a prose dramatist, and Leubald began as a play entitled Leubald and Adelaide. Unfortunately for the young Wagner (and perhaps fortunately for the history of opera) the play was a flop when it was finally performed. Wagner still believed that the work, largely inspired by Shakespeare's Hamlet and Heinrich von Kleist's Die Familie Schroffenstein could be a success. He decided to set the drama to music. Ironically, he exclaimed at the time, regarding his endeavors: "Oh! I am no composer...I only wanted to learn enough to put Leubald and Adelaide to music" (Maar 2000, p.1). Only the libretto, not the music survives."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beckett, Lucy. Parsifal. Cambridge University Press, 1981.
  • Maar, Michael. "Deadly potions: Kleist and Wagner." The New Left Review. July/August 2000.
  • Sadie, Stanley. "Richard Wagner." The Grove Encyclopedia of Music. First created 1996. Updated 2000. Full e-text available at http://w3.rz-berlin.mpg.de/cmp/wagner.html
  • Wagner, Richard. The Artwork of the Future. New York: Kessinger, 2004.
  • Weiner, Marc A. "Richard Wagner's Use of E. T. A. Hoffmann's 'The Mines of Falun'. 19th-Century Music. 5. 3 (Spring, 1982), pp. 201-214

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