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All Wagner, All Day on Wednesday

Richard Wagner by Caesar Willich, ca. 1862

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 might bind or inhibit human expression.

In the end, Wagner sounds like Wagner—if nothing else, he is limited by his own voice; but it is at times a glorious voice, infused with humanity and a most exquisite yearning; it is a voice that continues to ripple across the ages, and shape the way people write music today.

Tune into WFMT all day on Wednesday, May 22nd to hear commentary, and a sampling of the legacy of Richard Wagner.

Read more and see a video discussion of Richard Wagner.

 

 

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  • Anne-Marrie

    I cannot bring myself to celebrate the birth of this odious proto-nazi, but I’ll gladly join you February 13

  • A-M. Byrnes

    “I cannot bring myself to celebrate the birth of this odious proto-nazi, but I’ll gladly join you February 13″

  • Esmeralda

    “I cannot bring myself to celebrate the birth of this odious proto-nazi, but I’ll gladly
    join you February 13″