Richard Wagner was born on May 22, 1813. He was a famous German musician and writer. He wrote operas, or “music dramas.” Unlike many writers of opera, he wrote the words and music for all his works. Wagner’s music is known for being intense, complex, and colorful. His style was new, and it changed classical music.
Wagner is also famous for his hot temper and strong opinions about music and culture. Like many Germans of his time, he spoke sharply against the Jewish people. Adolf Hitler was a fan of Wagner’s music and ideas. And Hitler used Wagner’s works for propaganda. Even after his death in 1883, Richard Wagner’s life and works remain a source of disagreement, inspiration, and debate.