12-08-19 German Composer Richard Wagner - WCRI’s Festival Series featuring The Newport Music Festival
In this program WCRI host Mike Maino and Newport Music Festival Executive Director Pamela Pantos discuss German composer Richard Wagner. Wagner was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is chiefly known for his operas (or, as some of his mature works were later known, "music dramas"). Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the libretto and the music for each of his stage works. Initially establishing his reputation as a composer of works in the romantic vein of Carl Maria von Weber and Giacomo Meyerbeer, Wagner revolutionised opera through his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk ("total work of art"), by which he sought to synthesise the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts, with music subsidiary to drama. He described this vision in a series of essays published between 1849 and 1852. Wagner realised these ideas most fully in the first half of the four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). For more information on the Newport Music Festival, to purchase tickets to an upcoming concert or to make a donation please visit newportmusic.org or call 401-846-1133.
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