Tragedy ends, “Wedding March” lives on

  No matter what field or perspective you look at, it must be admitted that Wagner is a strange man, a god-level wonder. He is one of the most controversial and elusive artists in the history of music. Why not just say he’s a composer and say he’s an artist? First of all, the popularity of the name Wagner should be lower than that of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Liszt, Chopin and Tchaikovsky. Most people still shy away from his music or art, or even stay away.
  Wagner is mainly an opera composer, but also a writer, and his operas are all written by himself, and this alone, he opened the opera history. Whether it is literature, music or stage art design, Wagner is self-taught, even omnipotent and omnipotent.
  Wagner’s position in the history of opera can be said to be absolutely “solo”; a little more objectively, he and the Italian composer Verdi “twin peaks” in the 19th century. But as far as I personally feel, the spirituality and genius of Verdi’s operas are still quite far from Wagner’s.
  Wagner is so important, so high-energy, so hard-core, yet it seems very unpopular. He is high above, worshipped by his fans for more than 100 years, and his “believers” are still on the rise. I believe that there are very few people in this world who have not heard a melody called “Wedding March”. In fact, its exact name is “Wedding Chorus”. Although it is not necessarily presented by chorus, this melody has long been It is standard in Western weddings, and has become an indispensable ritual music in Chinese weddings in the past two or three decades. The composer of “Wedding Chorus” is Wagner, and the music comes from one of his romantic opera “Lohengrin”.
  Among Wagner’s operas, “Lohengrin” is a relatively popular and pleasant one, and it is also a landmark work of Wagner’s creative style transformation. It not only has a fascinating storyline and an interlocking event development context, but it is also magnificent and extravagant on the stage of the opera. Of course, the music of “Lohengrin” is even more splendid and unforgettable, especially the “Wedding Chorus” that appeared at the beginning of the third act is a famous song that can be passed down through the ages. Before the “wedding chorus” in the play, there is also a popular orchestral piece, the third act prelude.

“Lohengrin” legend illustration of the Holy Grail Knight (detail).

  The plot of the opera “Lohengrin” should be regarded as a fairy tale. It tells that the holy grail knight Lohengrin, with divine power, was led by a swan to the mortal world in order to save the framed Brabant Princess Elsa. Represent Elsa in a duel against her opponent and win. Elsa fell in love with the angel hero who rescued her, and Lohengrin also fell in love with Elsa. Before the wedding, Lohengreen made Elsa promise never to ask his name or origin. Unwilling to fail, Count Tramonte, who wanted to occupy the throne of Brabant, planned to falsely accuse Elsa of killing her younger brother Friedrich, who had the right to the throne. In Elsa’s heart, Elsa asked Lohengrin about his name and background on their wedding night. Because Elsa broke her promise, Lohengrin had to return to the realm of the gods. Before leaving the mortal world, he killed the Earl of Tramonte, and also removed the magic of Elsa’s brother who was turned into a swan, so that he could change again. Back to human form. Remorse, Elsa lost her love and eventually died of a broken heart.
  Starting from “Lohengrin”, Wagner adjusted the prelude placed before the entire opera, and instead placed a prelude before each act of the three-act opera. The so-called “prelude” became the first act. The prelude, the three preludes of the three acts, become the indispensable rendering and contrast of the opening scene and atmosphere of each act.

The opera Lohengrin.

  The prelude to the third act was born when Elsa and Lohengrin were about to enter the palace of marriage, and hit her face with a huge noise and overwhelming momentum. What a joy! It is written in the most common three-part form. The first stanza is the splendid and loud horn, which is a triumphal ode. Wagner never hesitated to use brass music, and in this prelude, the huge sound of brass instruments was brought into full play. In the deafening, soul-stirring, and bloody sound waves constructed by brass music and percussion music, stringed instruments are also constantly fueling the flames and smiling. After about a minute and a half of ecstasy, the music turns to a quiet second stanza. The oboe sings a brisk dance, like an elegant, rustic dance at a country wedding. The strings and woodwinds responded to each other, enjoying the happy time of the two of them in the world. Suddenly, the first strong brass piece appeared again. The splendid and warm music soon weakened, the curtain opened, and the “Wedding Chorus” entered directly on the stage.
  In Wagner’s mind, Lohengrin is a romantic opera created in a tragic style. Its tragedy lies in the fact that a man who undertakes the mission of redemption and possesses divine power must presuppose that others do not know him, that is to say , he can save this world, but he is out of tune with this world. Once he is accepted by this world, he will become a mortal person, and his divine power will be lost. The world just doesn’t realize this, because the weakness of human nature is not only curiosity, but also distrust, so there is an insurmountable gap between humans and gods.

The opera Tristan and Isolde.

  Almost all of Wagner’s operas are autobiographical, and when he wrote “Lohengrin”, he clearly reflected his relationship with society in it. Just after this opera was written, Wagner participated in the anarchist revolution, and even rushed to the streets to participate in street battles. As a result, he was wanted. With the help of Liszt, he escaped from Germany in disguise with a fake passport, so much so that “Ron” He was also absent from the premiere of “Green” in Weimar conducted by Liszt. However, it was after the performance of “Lohengrin” that Wagner’s life entered a stage of deep thinking. During the years of political exile, he brewed and created his immortal works “Tristan and Isolde” and “Isolde”. The Ring of the Nibelung. The opera he advocated as a “comprehensive art” also began from this.

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