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Richard Wagner

  • German composer
  • Born May 22, 1813
  • Died February 13, 1883

Wilhelm Richard Wagner (, German: [ˈʁɪçaɐ̯t ˈvaːɡnɐ] (listen); 22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is chiefly known for his operas (or, as some of his later 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.


Richard Wagner, a musician who wrote music which is better than it sounds.




Wherever the fish are, that's where we go.




I have long been convinced that my artistic ideal stands or falls with Germany. Only the Germany that we love and desire can help us achieve that ideal.




Even if I know I shall never change the masses, never transform anything permanent, all I ask is that the good things also have their place, their refuge.




I am convinced that there are universal currents of Divine Thought vibrating the ether everywhere and that any who can feel these vibrations is inspired.




I wish I could score everything for horns.




Joy is not in things; it is in us.




Imagination creates reality.

Imagination creates reality.




I am fond of them, of the inferior beings of the abyss, of those who are full of longing.




Divorce is one of the most financially traumatic things you can go through. Money spent on getting mad or getting even is money wasted.




I hate this fast growing tendency to chain men to machines in big factories and deprive them of all joy in their efforts - the plan will lead to cheap men and cheap products.




I write music with an exclamation point!




Achievements, seldom credited to their source, are the result of unspeakable drudgery and worries.



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