For those of you who don’t know the person in this picture this is the German composer Richard Wagner. This man has many great achievement among them changing the face of Opera. Before Wagner, opera houses were always had the lights on during any performance, the orchestra was also in plan view. He basically changed the format of the opera house by turning it into a movie theater in a way. The lights were off during a performance, the orchestra no longer in the open but creative hidden to make the sound resonate through out the theater. He also wrote the Der Ring des Nibelungen, four operas linked together, they take around 18 hours to perform.
But you are wondering about the politics.
He was part of a group that believed all the princes of what ended up making Germany should be done away with. He ended up in exile because of his belief but oddly enough he was rescued by the King of Bavaria. Without that rescue he may never have written the Ring Cycle. He was also an outspoken as an antisemitic. He believed that his music would inspire National pride in Germany. When Hitler came to power he was inspired not only by the music of Wagner, but also because of Wagner’s persona beliefs he chose to use much of Wagner’s works to inspire the Germany Nation.
Now a days there are many people who do not like Wagner’s music because of how it was used by Hitler and because of his own attitudes towards the Jews.
A man who changed the course of Opera, theater and in some ways had an impact on how movies are viewed today, now goes by the wayside because of his political views and who he was later associated with.
Just a piece of history.
How did you get started, little history bio basically?
My mother found me at a hospital in 1977 and filled the role of a vicarious artist, and so it all began! Seriously though, I got my start playing guitar and diversified from there. The piano is my main instrument and my forte, which helps me to write balanced compositions with a solid melodic platform.
What or who inspired you?
Bill Collectors, people with big houses and lots of cool stuff, that Nickleback song “Rock Star”. Mostly my inspiration came from film scores like those by John Williams (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park), Jerry Goldsmith (Star trek Movie themes, Poltergeist), and Alan Menken (numerous Disney movies) which always drove a scene beyond where the actors could take it emotionally.
What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
I currently play a keyboard by Roland, acoustic guitar by Sigma, and any other instrument I can find time with!
What do you listen too?
Vulcan logic, my heart, the universe, oh and my two daughters begging for things I can’t afford…
What makes you happy? sad?
Happy: Skinny jeans on women, montages, root beer, cool people who interview me, and of course my family.
Sad: Movies where people lose a finger, when “The Wonders” broke up, and skinny jeans on men.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Try to ignore the endless TV theme song database in my head. There’s no reason to still remember the theme song to Webster or Buck Rodgers, it’s weird. Remember Air Wolf…? I DO!
If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
Bungee jump from the moon. I haven’t found a cord long enough though…Among my career goals, I hope to compose soundtracks for major motion pictures…. Steven Spielberg, call me.
Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
I am a cancer survivor and it has shown me that life can be short. Live in the moment while planning for the future and go after your dreams no matter what stands in your way.
Have you got another album in the works and/or music videos?
I am constantly working on new songs and ideas, so check often! I also have a top secret project in the works, but you can’t see that yet.
Who manages you and how is that going?
My wife…um, it’s going great according to her!