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THE LIFE AND WORK OF RICHARD WAGNER, FROM 1813 … UNTIL TODAY !
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Section I – Biography

Section I – Biography

Section II – In the intimacy of Richard Wagner

Section II – In the intimacy of Richard Wagner

SECTION III – Musical and prose work

SECTION III – Musical and prose work

Section IV – Bayreuth

Section IV – Bayreuth

Section V – They have created the Wagnerian myth

Section V – They have created the Wagnerian myth

Section VI – Places of life, places of creation

Section VI – Places of life, places of creation

Section VII – Wagner’s legacy

Section VII – Wagner’s legacy

Section VIII – Wagner after Wagner

Section VIII – Wagner after Wagner

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 « THE WEDDING » (Die Hochzeit)
A FIRST ABANDONED OPERA

by  logo_cercle rw Henri PERRIER

In his twentieth year, Richard Wagner began his first attempt in opera with The Wedding (Die Hochzeit) whose text he wrote himself, as he would always do thereafter, and began the composition of the first act. The complete libretto was written in Bohemia, Pravonin and Prague in the autumn of 1832 and the musical part in Leipzig during the following winter.
In his autobiography (Mein Leben/My Life), he very precisely summarizes the work’s framework as well as the reason that led him to give up continuing it.
« Two great houses had lived in enmity, and had at last decided to end the family feud. The aged head of one of these houses invited the son of his former enemy to the wedding of his daughter with one of his faithful partisans. The wedding feast is thus used as an opportunity for reconciling the two families. Whilst the guests are full of the suspicion and fear of treachery, their young leader falls violently in love with the bride of his newly found ally.
His tragic glance deeply affects her ; the festive escort accompanies her to the bridal chamber, where she is to await her beloved ; leaning against her tower-window she sees the same passionate eyes fixed on her, and realises that she is face to face with a tragedy. (read more...)

To read the entire article : « THE WEDDING » (Die Hochzeit), A FIRST ABANDONED OPERA by  logo_cercle rw Henri PERRIER : click here

 


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THE WEDDING (Die Hochzeit), WWV31

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BAYREUTH - Appendix - BAYREUTH... BEFORE RICHARD WAGNER

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(born on May 21. 1978) Daughter of Wolfgang Wagner and his second wife Gudrun Mack Stage and opera director Director of the Bayreuth Festival (since 2007) Katharina Wagner was born on 21 May, 1978 in Bayreuth. She is the daughter of Wolfgang Wagner and Gudrun Mack. Passionate about staging...
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by Pascal BOUTELDJA   In May 1855, for his birthday, Richard Wagner dedicated to himself the following short poem: "In the marvellous month of May, Richard Wagner came out of the egg; Many who love him would wish For him to have rather remained there!" This sarcastic couplet could...
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