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Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig, Germany on May 22, 1813. The German operatic composer was the most important inspirational figure in 19th century music and cultural history for both his criticism and polemical writing. Wagner's musical training was left to chance until he was 18, when he studied with Theodor Weinlig in Leipzig for a year. He began his career in 1833 as choral director in Wurzburg and composed his early works that imitated German romantic compositions.In 1839 Wagner set off for Paris where he hoped to make his fortune.

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WNO Commentary: Tristan and Isolde 6 of 6: Act Three: At Tristan's castle in Brittany (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on Wagner's Tristan and Isolde. The WNO's production of Tristan and Isolde is running from Sep. 15 - 27, 2013. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.

WNO Commentary: Tristan and Isolde 5 of 6: The influence of Tristan and Isolde (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on Wagner's Tristan and Isolde. The WNO's production of Tristan and Isolde is running from Sep. 15 - 27, 2013. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.

WNO Commentary: Tristan and Isolde 4 of 6: Act Two: At King Mark's castle (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on Wagner's Tristan and Isolde. The WNO's production of Tristan and Isolde is running from Sep. 15 - 27, 2013. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.

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