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(1869 - 1930)

At first a pupil of Humperdinck, it was only after a journey to the Far East, 10 years after his father’s death, that Siegfried Wagner, son of Richard Wagner, decided on a career as a musician. He served for many years at Bayreuth, from 1906 as director of the festival. In many ways he seems to have disappointed his formidable mother and equally formidable wife as much as he failed to please Joseph Goebbels.


Siegfried Wagner’s operas are concerned with German traditions, but rather those of Humperdinck than of his father. They largely explore the mysterious and magical medieval world suggested by the Brothers Grimm.

Orchestral Music

A relatively small number of orchestral works are represented by Siegfried Wagner’s symphonic poem Sehnsucht (‘Yearning’), based on Schiller. He also left a violin concerto, a work for flute and orchestra, a symphony, and a second symphonic poem, Glück.

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