Posted by: blaise557 | December 17, 2007

Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner is well known for coming up with the idea of unified stage work.

Wagner’s early life was spent in the company of the actor and playwright Ludwig Geyer. He lived with Ludwig as his father had passed away six months after his birth. His mother soon after married Ludwig Geyer. For the first 14 years of his life Richard Wagner was brought up to love theater. Wagner was influenced by Shakespeare as well as Goethe. His first effort at a drama was a tragedy. It was this that he insisted should be put to music. With this intent he was able to persuade his family to allow him music lessons.

Richard Wagner began composing operas, and his use of music as a unifying force was what brought him to be well known. The moods and tones for character as well as the set were all dictated through the use of music.



Felner, M., & Orenstein, C. (2006). The World of Theatre. Boston, USA: Pearson Education



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