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  • Although this is not a course on 19th-century opera, understanding how Richard Wagner (1813-1883) conceived of the combination of music and drama will help us to understand how music was used in film.
  • Richard Wagner's musical style helped to shape the sounds of early film music, even up into the 1930s and 1940s. Some of the hallmarks of his style that your text points out are also used by later composers for film music
  • Listen for these styles in the following two clips from The Flying Dutchman (der fliegenderHolländer):

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  • 1. Richard Wagner
    The Pathway to Film Music
  • 2. Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    German composer, wrote primarily operas:
    Der Ring des Nibelungen(The Ring of the Nibelungs)– a group of 4 operas based on Northern European mythology
    Der fliegendeHolländer(The Flying Dutchman)
    Tristan und Isolde
    http://www.wagneroperas.com/indexwagneroperas.html
  • 3. Richard WagnerKey Terms
    Gesamtkunstwerk- "Total Artwork," the synthesis of all the arts (drama, music, staging and costume, acting) in one theatrical conception.
    Leitmotif (or leitmotiv) - a recurring theme linked with some aspect of a drama
  • 4. Lincoln Center
    Let there be Leitmotif
  • 5. Wagner's Musical Style
    colorful orchestration
    strong emotional qualities
    rich harmonic vocabulary
    texture dominated by melody
  • 6. Overture
    The Flying Dutchman (der fliegenderHolländer)
  • 7. Last part of the Overture and part of Act I
    The Flying Dutchman (der fliegenderHolländer)