a young age, Wilhelm Richard Wagner came under the spell of Weber’s
opera, Der Freischutz, and copied the entire score to memorize. He was
profoundly influenced by a Beethoven symphony, heard for the first time
in Leipzig. The mighty music thundered in his mind as he walked from the
concert hall, and he determined, then and there, to become a great
composer. Richard Wagner is an amazing example in music history—one of
the few composers of stature who learned his art from the untutored
study of the masterpieces of his day.
Download a sample of this product.