Classical 101 Archives For: October 23, 2014

A Youthful Symphony by Richard Wagner on his 200th Birthday.

Richard Wagner c.1840
Richard Wagner c.1840, by Ernest Benedikt Kietz
6:55PM
May 22, 2013

Richard Wagner was born 200 years ago today.  He is, of course, one of the greatest opera composers of all time.  In the 19th Century, only Giuseppe Verdi, who was also born in 1813, could be considered his equal.   The debate over the relative merits of German opera versus Italian opera, as exemplified by these [...]

Richard Wagner Turns 200

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Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
12:44PM
May 22, 2013

Today is Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday. He changed the world of music and he changed how we listen, and for how long!