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Wagner at 200: “Rienzi”

Richard Wagner

The Overture to Rienzi has become a fairly popular piece, but what about the rest of it? For many Wagnerites, Rienzi is the earliest work by Wagner that bubbles to the surface of recollection, though far fewer have actually heard it. Rienzi has plenty in it that points to the kind of composer he would become