Die Walkure Essay

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Richard Wagner came from a theatrical gamily. He was inspired at a young age by Beethoven’s music. He composed several operas in his twenties and was appointed as the conductor of the Dresden Opera where he spent six years as both an opera composer and conductor. Die Walkure is the second and most widely performed of the four music dramas of Der Ring des Nibelungen. The opera, based off Nordic mythology, presents passion and emotion that grasps at audience members. While Wagner did not invent leitmotifs, he molded and expanded upon them to create a flow of continuous melodies.

Similarly, Giacomo Puccini came from a long line of composers and church organists so it only made sense that he would come to create some of the better-known operas.
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