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Life Of Wilhem Richard Wagner Essay

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Wilhem Richard Wagner, known by Richard, was born in Leipzig, Germany on May 22, 1813. Richard Wagner led a contentious life and is known as one of the world’s most influential composers. He is also famous for his operas such as the four-part, 18-hour Ring Cycle and Tristan Isolde. Wagner led an influential life never losing confidence in himself from financial debt due to his operas not meeting success to being too sick to even compose his music. Richard Wagner is the perfect to example as to why a person should never give up. With Wagner’s perseverance and courage he became a very successful, widely known Romantic period musical icon.
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The music directing career for Wagner was short lived due to severe financial debt causing him and his wife to have to leave the town. Part of their financial debt was due to the fact that Wagner was not having much success with his operas at the time. Once out of the town of Riga, Wagner spent the next two years in London and Paris arranging music for other composers. In 1842 the Wagner’s would pack up and move again, this time to Dresden, where Wagner would finally meet success.
Wagner’s operas were finally coming to life. “Reinzi”, one of Wagner’s first few operas collected fame when it was published to play in the Dresden Court Theatre. At this time, Wagner had completed two more successful operas, “The Flying Dutchman” and “Tannhauser”. Wagner remained in Dresden for six years and then moved to Paris, at the end of the revolution. Around this time Wagner had started to develop a severe skin infection. Shortly after Paris, Wagner moved to Zurich. Between moving all the time and his skin infection worsening, Wagner fell into depression. Wagner was not able to compose his music so he began writing essays. Wagner’s depression would eventually lead to success. With time, his four “Ring” operas came to completion in 1852 as well as several other operas that would leave him with the legacy he has today. Wagner completed his last opera in 1882 not long before his death. Richard Wagner suffered from a fatal heart attack on February 13th, 1883. Although he is gone, his legacy will always remain. His legacy became very controversial in the 20th century when it became known that Adolf Hitler was a fan of Wagner’s music as well as his writings.
Some of Wagner’s most famous works include “The Flying Dutchman”, Tristan Isolde, and the Ring Cycle. “The Flying...

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