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July 22-28, 2013 on 105.9 FM and WQXR.org

To mark the bicentennial of Richard Wagner's birth, WQXR offers a week of music and commentary on his life and works. Our mini-festival includes his major as well as lesser-known works, Wagner documentaries, commentary from scholars and artists, complete performances of his operas and an online forum to discuss his controversial legacy.

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Wagner Week: A Dozen Definitive Wagner Interpreters

Sunday, July 28, 2013

To close the week of all-things Wagner, WQXR brings you the most definitive Wagner interpreters. From 8 am to 7 pm, we offer 12 Wagnerian conductors and performers from various recordings.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Wabbits and Wagner

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Of course, it wouldn't be Wagner Week without mentioning the 1957 Warner Brothers classic "What's Opera Doc?"

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Richard Wagner at the Movies

Saturday, July 27, 2013

"The Ride of the Valkyries" was used famously in "Apocalypse Now," but it also showed up in Russ Meyers' "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," and in Ennio Morricone's score for the Spaghetti Western "My Name Is Nobody."

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Wagner Week: Becoming a Pop Culture Staple

Saturday, July 27, 2013

"If Wagner had lived in this century, he would have been the No. 1 film composer," the Hollywood composer Max Steiner once said. Today, we explore some of many film and television appropriations of Wagner's work.

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Zürich (Part II)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Wagner's relationship with Otto Wesendonck, his most important financial backer, and the young and beautiful Mathilde Wesendonck, who became his most important muse, made for real drama, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Wagner Week: The Non-Operatic Music

Friday, July 26, 2013

Today we go beyond the "hits" and consider the neglected corners of his catalog, including his overtures, marches, a piano sonata and even a Symphony in C.

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New Wagner Books Offer Mysteries, Eroticism and Worship

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Those inclined to hyperbole claim that only Jesus, Napoléon and Adolf Hitler have caused more ink (and pixels) to be spilled than Richard Wagner.

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Wagneriana

Thursday, July 25, 2013

This week, Reflections from the Keyboard pays tribute to Richard Wagner with piano transcriptions of some of Wagner’s work written by Liszt, Busoni, Gould and more.

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Wagner Week: Bayreuth Remains a Colorful, Controversial Mecca

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The 2013 edition of the Bayreuth Festival opens with a new production of the Ring Cycle that's expected to be as colorful and contentious as anything this annual event has seen.

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Antoine Wagner: How I Came to Know My Family Heritage

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Antoine Wagner, a photographer and filmmaker living in New York, has long had a special passion for shooting landscapes and nature. Then he learned about his famous relative.

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Zürich

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Zürich, Wagner's base for nine years, became a place where he could reflect upon, and amplify, his ideas and theories, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Wagner Week: Do Not Grab This 'Ring' Casually

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Written over 26 years, the Ring Cycle takes 16 hours to perform from start to finish. Today, we explore the work's subtleties in greater depth.

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Map: A Guide to Ring Cycles Around the Globe

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

With the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner's birth this year come productions of the composer's Ring cycle around the world. Check out our interactive map to find a production near you.

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Wagnerites: Classical Music's Most Obsessed Fans

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

When a new production of the Ring Cycle is planned, opera administrators will bank on a significant portion of their audience coming from the ranks of Wagernites or "Ring nuts." Just what makes these fans tick?

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Wagner Week: The Composer's Innovations

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

For the second day of Wagner Week, we turn our focus to Wagner's innovations -- dramatic, musical, structural and otherwise.

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Wagner Explainer: Can We Separate the Man from His Music?

Monday, July 22, 2013

We've asked several Wagner scholars, conductors and critics about how they deal with issues around Wagner's troublesome character traits: his anti-Semitism, misogyny and narcissism.

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Wagner Week: The Life of Richard Wagner

Monday, July 22, 2013

WQXR is focusing the week of July 22-28 on Richard Wagner, that consummate man of the theater who is one of history's greatest – and most controversial – opera composers.

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Richard Wagner, Comedy Icon?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Not often do we associate the 19th-century composer with comedy. There are, however, a surprising number of references to Wagner and his compositions in popular culture today.

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A Sampling of Noteworthy Wagner Recordings for 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Whatever troubles currently plague the record industry, both major labels and independents have provided a respectable assortment of new releases for the Wagner bicentenary. Here are a half-dozen to get you started.

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The Ring and I: The Passion, The Myth, The Mania

Saturday, September 25, 2010

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Tonight at 7 pm, a one-hour special on what some claim to be "The Greatest Work of Art Ever." We explore how the grandeur and power of Wagner's monumental 'Ring' has permeated our culture.

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