Saturday, September 29, 2007

A view in The Life of The Monarch of Bayreuth

To continue my previous post, here is something that i wanted to write for many months now but all the time postoponed it.

We all know the works of the biggest (I`ll dare to say) composer this world ever known, Richard Wagner. Most people that i have spoke on the matter, never bother to search further on the everyday life of the composer and the background of the music they hear.
I already had several cds with Wagner`s music and also his book "Judaism in Art" , but things were not so simple in his life. Richard Wagner was an artist-fighter. A true revolutionary who left a peaceful life full of wealth in King's court, and hunted, boycotted, back stabbed and spend most of his life as a fugitive because of his ideas and actions.

Two years ago i came in touch with the Wagner series. This turned out to very imformative and a perfectly maded Epic! A real suprize for me. "Wagner" is a huge nine-hour biographical panorama of his life. So far i had watched it 3 times and i can assure you all that this one of the best series ever. Richard Burton as Richard Wagner did a really impressive performance. Other known actors on this Vanessa Redgrave, Ralph Richardson, Lawrence Olivier and more. The whole filming took over seven months in locations like Switzerland, Bavaria, Venice, Sienna and Hungary.

In the series you`ll be able to see many details of the everyday life of Wagner, the way he wrote and composed the operas, his action during the Dresden Revolution, his life in various coutries, the boycotting of the jews and the jewish composer Giacomo Mayerber. A big "plus" in the series is the great landscapes, the narrator, and ofcourse the soundtrack of the film which is Wagner`s music blended perfectly with the whole atmosphere.

Unfortunately, there is not many places that you can find this Epic available. But Amazon have it for sale:

Further, if anyone wants to get more details about Richard Wagner and his life, can read his autobiography titled "My life"
Vol.1 :

"I was, moreover, much impressed by a biography of Mozart which was read aloud; and the newspaper accounts and monthly reports of the events of the Greek War of Independence stirred my imagination deeply. My love for Greece, which afterwards made me turn with enthusiasm to the mythology and history of ancient Hellas, was thus the natural outcome of the intense and painful interest I took in the events of this period. In after years the story of the struggle of the Greeks against the Persians always revived my impressions of this modern revolt of Greece against the Turks."

Richard Wagner "My Life"

Richard Wagner died in Venice in 1883, as long as he lived his dream for a united Germany, reborn from its Mythic/Heroic Past doesn`t became true. Few years later, a man borned in Austria, took the torch and carried Wagner's vision, restored his legacy with the honour and respect that the name truly deserved!

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