The musical work of Richard Wagner is composed of operas or “musical dramas” ranging from “Fairies” (Die Feen) to “Parsifal”. A detailed presentation of each of these major works is associated here with a set of thematic articles, placing them not only in the context of his personal life but also in his social, economic and cultural context. This section also includes all the musical works (excluding opera) and his literary work.
Ten questions (and ten answers!) To address (or better yet) Richard Wagner and his work
1 – What is an opera by Richard Wagner?
2 – Clichés, misconceptions and other clichés about Richard Wagner and his work;
3 – The word “Wagnerian” or “Wagnerian, a Wagnerian, to be Wagnerian … or not to be! ”
4 – What is the “Total Art Work” (or Gesamtkunstwerk)? ;
5 – Opening … or prelude? ;
6 – The Wagnerian orchestra;
7 – What is a “Leitmotiv”? ;
8 – What is a Wagnerian singer?
9 – The main themes of the Wagnerian works;
10 – The staging of Richard Wagner’s works …
The other works
Richard Wagner’s Opera dreams
Vocal and choral works
Orchestral works and piano music
(A selection of some prose works with a few elements of analysis)
* (NB: Disclaimer: The title of our section freely retakes the title of the book by Philippe Godefroid: The operas imaginary Richard Wagner, Librarie Séguier, Archimbaud who presents himself the various drafts and projects of unfinished operas Richard Wagner)