A late Romantic era composer known for his brilliant innovations in harmony and immensely large scale operas but also for his controversal proto-fascist views. Wagner composed mostly operas and, unlike most other composers, created his own librettos rather than setting music to those written by others. He also greatly developed the techniques of leitmotifs and through-composition.
Today, Wagner is probably best known for the wedding chorus popularly known as Here Comes the Bride (from his opera Lohengrin) and Ride of the Valkyries (from his opera The Valkyrie). Also, much of the modern stereotype of opera comes from his work, specifically the Ring cycle operas.
Due to his ultra-right wing politics and connection to the Nazi Germany, he is rather controversal composer and his work is more or less blacklisted in Israel.
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