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Wagner the songwriter

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Eiffel Art Studios: Bánffy StageÉszaki Műhely Kőbánya, Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary
On Thursday 10 May 2018 at 19:30
Lúcia Megyesi SchwartzMezzo-soprano
Beatrix FodorSoprano
Bori KeszeiSoprano
Tibor SzappanosTenor
Zoltán Bátki FazekasBaritone
Bálint ZsoldosPiano

Richard Wagner's work abounds with artistic creations on a massive scale. These, the ten grand operas (with Rienzi, Das Liebesverbot and Die Feen also sometimes included) remain a favourite spectacle for posterity. But there was also a lyrical side – one thinking in terms of smaller forms – to Wagner, who composed altogether 20 songs with piano accompaniment, either because the mood struck him or because fate brought him the task, as well as choral transcriptions, piano pieces, cantatas and concert arias. On the “zero” day of RingFest, we will be presenting this vocally oriented Wagner who readily composed music to text written by others – welcoming inspiration from both Goethe and his beloved Mathilde Wesendonck – and even writing a “Flohlied” (“Song of the Flea”) and a lullaby. 

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