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Archive for May 21, 2013

All Wagner, All Day on Wednesday

Richard Wagner by Caesar Willich, ca. 1862

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of music’s most loved, most influential, and most polarizing composers. With his music dramas, Richard Wagner boldly abandons convention; he pursues a vision that reaches beyond 19th century concepts of structure, harmony, orchestration (even inventing new instruments); beyond social mores—beyond anything that more…