( 1813–83), German composer; full name Wilhelm Richard Wagner. He developed an operatic genre that he called music drama, synthesizing music, drama, verse, legend, and spectacle. Notable works: The Flying Dutchman (1841), Der Ring des Nibelungen (1847–74), Tristan and Isolde (1859), and the Siegfried Idyll (1870).
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