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Richard Wagner is a pivotal figure in the history of music. We can almost divide the entire history of music into pre-Tristan and post-Tristan. The “Tristan Chord” from the prelude of Tristan und Isolde changed music forever.

Wagner also wrote The Ride of the Valkyries and that’s how many of us know him. From Elmer Fudd’s, “Kill duh Wabbit” to Robert Duval’s air cavalry raid in Apocalypse Now, The Ride of the Valkyries is Wagner’s most popular music.

His funeral march from Gotterdammerung got some play in the 1981 fantasy movie Excaliber but no one wants to admit to seeing that film.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQlmXU1zqfc

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nan shartel Feb. 20, 2011 @ 4:33 p.m.

i knew that Bugs was a rabbit of elevated taste....w00t!!!

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dmopbuff Feb. 24, 2011 @ 1:51 p.m.

Too me a "one hit" composer needs to be someone who only wrote one well-known work, That can hardly be said of Wagner. Mascagni and Leoncavallo, yes and also, Ponchielli, but not Wager or Verdi. There are also "one-hit operas." For example, who remembers anything from Massenet's Werther other than "Pouquoi me reveille?"

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Garrett Harris Feb. 25, 2011 @ 7:29 p.m.

Good point dmopbuff. That's a whole post by itself! Amor ti vieta, Depuis le jour, Cielo e mar, etc... I like the one hit opera idea.

I was thinking about doing the one hit wonder thing as a popular culture idea. Wagner and Ride of the Valkyries, Strauss and Also sprach Zarathustra, other Strauss and The Blue Danube, Karl Orff and O Fortuna.

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Garrett Harris Feb. 25, 2011 @ 7:29 p.m.

Good point dmopbuff. That's a whole post by itself! Amor ti vieta, Depuis le jour, Cielo e mar, etc... I like the one hit opera idea.

I was thinking about doing the one hit wonder thing as a popular culture idea. Wagner and Ride of the Valkyries, Strauss and Also sprach Zarathustra, other Strauss and The Blue Danube, Karl Orff and O Fortuna.

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