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Related Story: HEAR Modern Music 1 (Wagner)

Related Story: HEAR Modern Music 1 (Wagner)

Richard Wagner, from Prelude of Lohengrin, first performed 1850. Richard Wagner. Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. Michael Halasz. Naxos, 1992.

Something similar may be noticed in the music of [Richard] Wagner. His famous leitmotiv is an attempt to give personality to his characters by something beyond theatrical expedients and light effect. His method of using a definite motiv is a purely musical method. It creates a spiritual atmosphere by means of a musical phrase which precedes the hero, which he seems to radiate forth.

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