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Excerpt from Wagner and the Reform of the Opera
Wagner's activity as a theorist and critic was a mere passing phase after his magnum opus, Oper und all later contributions to literature, though of considerable importance, are but hors d'aeuvrcs. In early youth he produced works for the concert room and the stage, some of which met with a fair degree of success (various overtures, a symphony in c major, As he developed, and his destination for the lyric stage became apparent, he felt the theatre, as it then existed, to be insufficient for his purposes, and so, almost in spite of himself, he became a critic and theorist.
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