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Wagner's Operas

"Two half-sisters, great-granddaughters of Richard Wagner, will jointly take the reins of the Bayreuth Festival dedicated to his music, officials announced on Monday, dashing an effort by a rival family branch working in concert with Gerard Mortier, the general director of New York City Opera."

"Wagner's compositions, particularly those of his later period, are notable for their contrapuntal texture, rich chromaticism, harmonies and orchestration, and elaborate use of leitmotifs: musical themes associated with specific 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."

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  • Wagner, Richard
  • Jun 21, 2007
  • English

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