Thank You for this beautiful world we all live in. Thank You for today. Today is Great Day. Today is the birthday of great and genius composer Richard Wagner. He is 200 y.o.! Happy Birthday dear Richard Wagner!
“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.” Richard said and this words mirrors his great personality which depth is immaculate and unfathomable.
I am reading in Wikipedia: “Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director,polemicist, and conductor who is primarily 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 theromantic vein of Weber and 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, and which was announced in a series of essays 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).
His compositions, particularly those of his later period, are notable for their complex textures, rich harmonies and orchestration, and the elaborate use of leitmotifs—musical phrases associated with individual characters, places, ideas or plot elements. His advances in musical language, such as extreme chromaticism and quickly shifting tonal centres, greatly influenced the development of classical music. His Tristan und Isolde is sometimes described as marking the start of modern music.”
My favorite from Richard Wagner is opera “Tristan and Izolde”.
“Wagner’s composition of Tristan und Isolde was inspired by his affair with Mathilde Wesendonck and the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer. Widely acknowledged as one of the peaks of the operatic repertory, Tristan was notable for Wagner’s advanced use of chromaticism, tonality, orchestral colour and harmonic suspension.
The opera was profoundly influential among Western classical composers and provided inspiration to composers such as Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Karol Szymanowski, Alban Berg and Arnold Schoenberg. Many see Tristan as the beginning of the move away from conventional harmonyand tonality and consider that it lays the groundwork for the direction of classical music in the 20th century,” wikipidia said.
Richard knows that he is a composer of future. Tristan und Isolde was at his time was declared “unproduceable” and many conductors simply were unable to perform it. But Greatness always finds the ways to manifest itself.
“The young, handsome King Ludwig was truly besotted with Wagner’s music and wanted to become his patron. He offered to take all the financial burden away from Wagner leaving him free to create his art in an ideal atmosphere. To this end, King Ludwig installed Wagner in a beautiful villa close to the royal castle of Hohenschwangau.
On May 5 1864 the monarch and the composer meet for the first time.
After their first meeting in May 1864, King Ludwig writes to Richard Wagner:
“Be assured that I will do everything in my power to make up for your suffering of the past.”
At the time Richard Wagner is in deep financial troubles, he is sickly and homeless. The king is his salvation. After his audience with King Ludwig II. he writes:
“…he loves me with the sincerity and glow of a first love… I am to complete the Nibelungen….he will give me everything necessary for me to perform my works. I shall be relieved of all problems. Can that be anything but a dream?”
The composer’s debts are paid, he receives the impressive salary of 4000 guilders and is able to move into a large house in Munich.Preparations begin for the performance of “Tristan und Isolde”.
More than 20 rehearsals place. Stage scenery and costumes swallow up large amounts of money. Following several postponements the day of the premiere the king had waited for so long finally arrives on June 10 1865. The king is received with loud cheers and fanfare in the royal Court Theater. The public breaks out into enormous storms of applause. It is a great triumph for Wager as well as for Ludwig.” from here.
Music is a woman . . . She must be loved by the poet, must surrender herself to him, in order that the new art-work of the future may be born . . . the begetter must be the artist. (Richard Wagner, Opera and Drama, 1851)
Women, indeed, are the music of life; they absorb everything more openly and unconditionally, in order to embellish it by means of their sympathy. (Richard Wagner, letter to Theodor Uhlig, December 27 1849)
And he said: “I write music with an exclamation point!” Woman of Wagner today is Waltraud Meier. You have just hear Her. Words are helpless.
Thank You for today. I am inspired and feel universal currents of Divine Thought vibrating. Great day is for great person.
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