Like his music, Wagner's personal life was itself a grand spectacle. Wagner believed that by virtue of his genius, he deserved whatever material support he could cajole from his benefactors. King Ludwig II of Bavaria brought his country to the brink of financial ruin by supporting Wagner's grandiose operatic plans and lavish lifestyle.
Schwarz uses musical excerpts from The Flying Dutchman, Das Rheingold, Gotterdammerung, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg and Parsifal to illuminate Wagner's techniques and explain the development of his stories and the portrayal of those stories through music.
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