Master or Monster: Richard Wagner at 200
In 2013 the world marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner, a pivotal figure in the history of western music. Wagner developed a new conception of opera, wrote about it at length, and then composed the librettos and music that put his theories into action. His works are still cornerstones of the operatic répertoire, and his stylistic and formal innovations influenced countless other composers. Wagner's musical genius and charismatic personality inspired cult-like devotion from his admirers, but his anti-Semitism and other character flaws made him many enemies as well, and he is still controversial today. Our exhibit includes five letters by Wagner, along with early photographs and a variety of other materials.
This online exhibit is in conjunction with the physical exhibit that was on display in the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University, from May to October 2013.
Richard Boursy, curator