"You could play Wagner on it "
Richard Wagner (1871)
Public DomainRichard Wagner (1871) - Credit: Franz Hanfstaengl

Richard Wagner (1813-1883) was a German composer best known for his operatic works.

His operas include Tristan and Isolde, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, Tannhäuser, The Flying Dutchman, and the cycle of four operas known as The Ring of the Nibelung (or just The Ring Cycle).

His music is highly dramatic and complex (some might say overwrought and over serious), characterised by musical innovations such as chromaticism and leitmotifs (recurring musical themes).

 

Listen on Spotify to Wagner's music being played on the piano:

Tristan and Isolde (Isolde's death);

Tannhäuser (The Venusberg).