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Opera Composers Directly Influenced By Wagner
« on: September 13, 2021, 08:04:33 AM »
As a Wagner fan who explores the decades after his death for other music, influenced by him, which also fires the soul, I have learned that Schoenberg's and other atonal music is not the logical and inevitable result of Wagner's expansion of tonality that official music history would have it be. Apart from Richard Strauss, the most brilliant of Wagner's creatures who, after a step into atonality, returned to expanded, not broken-down harmony, there are others worth listening to. Italian composer Italo Montemezzi's L'Amore Dei Tre Re (The Love of Three Kings) became very popular around 1900 and held a place in the repertory for half a century, when it faded. Perhaps it deserves some new attention. Maybe I will write to Leon Botstein, a conductor who specializes in rescuing the stranded deserving. The writing in this opera is both dramatic and lyrical in turn, with plenty of Wagnerian-type imagination and orchestration.
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