Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    22nd May 1813
  • Died
    13th February 1883
  • Birthplace
    Leipzig, Germany

Richard Wagner was a German composer, conductor, theatre director and essayist, primarily known for his operas (or "music dramas", as they were later called). Wagner's compositions, particularly those of his later period, are notable for their complex texture, rich harmonies and orchestration, and the elaborate use of leitmotifs: musical themes associated with individual characters, places, ideas or plot elements. Unlike most other opera composers, Wagner wrote both the music and libretto for every one of his stage works. Initially establishing his reputation as a composer of works such as The Flying Dutchman and Tannhäuser which were in the romantic traditions of Weber and Meyerbeer, Wagner transformed operatic thought through his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk ("total work of art").

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, WWV 96 Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Lohengrin, WWV 75 Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Parsifal, WWV 111 Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Ride of the Valkyries (Die Walküre), WWV 86B Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Siegfried, WWV 86C Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Tannhauser, WWV 70 Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra