July/August 2017: The Controversial Genius of Richard Wagner
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Innumerable composers have written reli- gious music; to wit, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, and Bruckner’s Masses, Te Deums, Stabat Maters, Cantatas, Oratorios, and so on. They were all written for a few singers with a chorus. None of these works of religious art showed any dramatic motion, or acting out, making it impossible to consider them religious dra- mas, in the true sense of that term. Richard Wagner (1813–1883), during the late Romantic Period, filled that void with bril- liance.