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Many descriptions of Wagner are quite unflattering There are many reports of his extreme anti-Semitism massive egomania gambling and womanizing and his ruthless exploitation of anyone in order to achieve his ambitions httpwwwmfilescoukComposersRichard Wagnerhtm In fact Wagner operas were a huge part in the Nazi movement Hitler revered Wagner as a genius and received some of his theories from him But put all these traits aside there was a genius who changed the way of opera in the Nineteenth century Wagner not only influenced the development of the orchestra but also incorporated a variety of singers and many aspects of theatre Even today one can hear his music in films and new symphonies Charles K Moss classicalmushispeedcom Wilhelm Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig Germany in 1813 as the son of a policeman Friedrich Wagner who died soon after the composers birth httpwwwmfilescoukComposersRichard Wagnerhtm His mother remarried the painter-actor-poet Ludwig Geyer in August 1814 Many people believe that Geyer was Wagners biological father since his mother and Geyer had been friends long before Friedrich Wagners death wwwcomposersnetdatabasewWagnerhtml There is much evidence that Wagner believed this as well because in fact he was called Richard Geyer and only changed his name to Wagner a few years after the death of his stepfather Charles K Moss classicalmushispeedcom Also he was deeply influenced by his stepfather not only in music but also Shakespearian and classical drama httpwwwmfilescoukComposersRichard Wagnerhtm Beethoven Wagner was always to admit formed the most inspiring influence in his youth Granted he was introduced to many great composers such as Von Weber and Mozart but it was Beethoven that Wagner kept coming back to w3rz-berlinmpgdecmpwagnerhtml Reflecting back on rehearsals for a performance of Beethovens Ninth Symphony Wagner said If I look back on my life as a whole I can find no event that produced so profound an impression on me httpwwwmfilescoukComposersRichard Wagnerhtm Wagner attended school in Dresden and then
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