Wagner And Film Music

Wagner And Film Music
Posted by on Aug 14, 2014
By Matthew Janszen

Music and Drama

Richard Wagner’s musical innovations and aesthetic decisions offered a new approach to opera while heralding the twentieth-century film score.  Wagner was not only a composer, but a dramatist with the goal of combining the arts into one balanced presentation.  He understood the need to connect with the audience on many artistic levels while effectively communicating a visual and aural performance.  He wanted to create a brand of stage realism that allowed the audience to share in his imaginative ideas and experience them as an imitation of real life (Carnegy 37).  Consequently, Wagner theorized and practiced new approaches in operatic form, musical language, and theatrical presentation that formed the fundamentals of music drama and the approach of the future film composer.