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Evoking an ancient sound: Richard Wagner's musical medievalism

  title={Evoking an ancient sound: Richard Wagner's musical medievalism},
  author={Michael S. Richardson},
Although current scholarship focuses on Richard Wagner's literary medievalism in his operas, little attention has been given to his musical medievalism. Considering that Wagner based nearly all of his operas on medieval legends, one can assume that he desired to evoke a "medieval" sound in the music of those works. When writing music that sounds ancient in his operas, Wagner is being a musical medievalist. He incorporates historical musical forms and styles as well as musical devices that would… Expand
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