As the gift giving season is upon us, we look at musical gifts composers have written for friends, family, lovers and royalty in our new playlist.
Renowned for his large-scale operas and his somewhat controversial ideology, Richard Wagner cut a curious figure, dressed in fine silks and living a princely lifestyle later in life. Wagner's life is chronicled here by Kevin Painting, in a rich text that was originally published in the booklet majesticPENTATONEWagner Ring boxset.
Although the two never met,Wagnerwas profoundly influenced by the German philosopher Schopenhauer. Kevin Painting chronicles Wagner's avid reading of Schopenhauer and how it came to influence many of his works, especiallyTristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Parsifal.