Richard Wagner was one of the most revolutionary figures in the history of music, a composer who made pivotal contributions to the development of harmony and musical drama that reverberate even today. Indeed, though Wagner occasionally produced successful music written on a relatively modest scale, opera -- the bigger, the better -- was clearly his milieu, and his aesthetic is perhaps the most grandiose that Western music has ever known. Early in his career, Wagner learned both the elements and the practical, political realities of his craft by writing a handful of operas which were unenthusiastically, even angrily, received. Beginning with Rienzi (1838-40) and The Flying Dutchman (1841), however, he enjoyed a string of successes that propelled him to immortality and changed the face of music. His monumental Ring cycle of four operas -- ...
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Composition Highlights

Title Year Avg. Duration Genre
Siegfried Idyll, for small orchestra in E major, WWV 103 1870 18:27 Orchestral
Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b 1854 03:24:39 Opera
Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c 1856 03:51:51 Opera
Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a 1853 02:11:18 Opera
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96 1862 03:30:01 Opera
Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75 1848 03:01:25 Opera
Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d 1869 04:12:01 Opera
Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90 1857 03:07:51 Opera
Parsifal, opera, WWV 111 1878 03:34:47 Opera
Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), opera, WWV 63 1841 02:09:49 Opera
Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70 1843 02:20:10 Opera
Wesendonck Lieder, songs (5) for voice & piano (or orchestra), WWV 91 1857 17:57 Vocal Music
Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen, opera, WWV 49 1838 02:35:12 Opera
A Faust Overture, for orchestra in D minor, WWV 59 1840 12:02 Orchestral
Träume (Dreams) for violin & small orchestra in A flat major (from Wesendonck Lieder No. 5), WWV 91b 1857 05:29 Orchestral
Schmerzen ("Sonne, weinest jeden Abend..."), song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Wesendonck Lieder), WWV 91/4 1857 02:42 Vocal Music
Träume ("Sag, welch wunderbare Träume"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Wesendonck Lieder), WWV 91/5 1857 04:43 Vocal Music
Der Engel ("In der Kinkheit frühen Tagen"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Wesendonck Lieder), WWV 91/1 1857 03:09 Vocal Music
Albumblatt für Frau Betty Schott, for piano in E flat major, WWV 108 1875 05:14 Keyboard
Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, for orchestra 1862 09:55 Orchestral
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