Wagner Biography, The Leitmotif, & Scenes from Die Gotterdammerung
Richard Wagner (1813 -1883) invented a new form of music. It was to be the complete integration of orchestra, voices, scenery, acting, and story. He called it, not opera, but “Music Drama”. As such, it became a model for movies, which involve exactly the same five elements. A leitmotif is a musical identifier for a person, a thing, or an idea. Wagner’s crowning achievement was a series of four Music Dramas, collectively called The Ring of the Nibelungs, or simply, The Ring. It contains over 100 leitmotifs. That they interrelated in the mind of one man makes some of his fans consider him the greatest of all composers.
1 hour 25 minutes
Join arts enthusiast Jack Brin to view films and film clips and talk about opera and music appreciation in this last session of a 4 part series. Registration is appreciated.