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May 20th, 2011 by Brian Mcevoy on Brian Mcevoy's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

Parsifal was Wagner’s last opera and I can’t believe it took 25 years to write! (1857-1882). I felt that the Good Friday Music from Act III is very calming and peaceful. I really enjoyed it. The vocal line is beautiful and gently lies above the orchestra, although there are times when the orchestra is [...]

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Wagner’s Parsifal (Act III)

by C. Shota Horikawa on Christopher Horikawa's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

Wagner’s last opera, Parsifal, took Wagner 25 years to write. He wrote started and completed the composition of two different operas while composing this one.
Although this is the only act of the opera that I listened to, it feels like the general mood and feeling of this opera that I’ve got was a lot less [...]

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Wagner’s Parsifal

by Ellen Hurley on Ellen Hurley's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

One thing I liked about this piece is how dramatic it was, causing the listener (me) to be able to almost feel the plot. It’s easy to tell it’s the backdrop to the last act of an opera, because of the tension and minor qualities in the music. The moaning in “Ach! Ach! Tiefe Nacht!” [...]

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Wagner’s Parsifal, Act III

by Becky on Rebecca Johnson's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

My first experience with Wagner’s music was attending a production of Tristan und Isolde with my parents at the age of 13 or so. As we have discussed in recent classes, this is a rather tragic and serious opera and not necessarily the best way to start off a Wagner education. Because of this experience [...]

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Wagner’s Parsifal, Act III

by Valerie Chiang on Valerie Chiang: An Oberlin Blog · No Comments · Romantic Music History

I was told earlier this year by a dear friend of mine that one cannot call him/herself a musician unless he or she loves Wagner. (He was very frank about it.) This statement saddened me a little, because, at least as of right now, I can’t really decide if I love Wagner’s music or not. [...]

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Wagner, Parsifal Act III

by Karolyn Byers on Karolyn Byers's Blog · No Comments · Uncategorized

With Wagner, orchestration is just as important as the vocal part. Some parts of Parsifal are thick and full of dense textures and rich harmonies. The overall effect is very heavy, with sustained long chords and string rhythms increase their intensity and melodic rhythms get smaller to make it feel faster. There is a heavy [...]

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