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Wagnerian

[vahg-neer-ee-uh n] /vɑgˈnɪər i ən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Richard Wagner or his works:
Wagnerian grandeur; a Wagnerian soprano.
noun
2.
Also, Wagnerite
[vahg-nuh-rahyt] /ˈvɑg nəˌraɪt/ (Show IPA)
. a follower or admirer of the music or theories of Richard Wagner.
Origin of Wagnerian
1870-1875
First recorded in 1870-75; Wagner + -ian
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  • With Shakespeare there is no Wagnerian, Euripidean "apologia."

    Visions and Revisions John Cowper Powys
  • Almost all later music, and much of the earlier, sounds Wagnerian.

  • His orchestral prelude, however, reverts to an earlier Wagnerian type.

    Musical Criticisms Arthur Johnstone
  • On the other hand, we do not agree with the criticism that "Gerontius" is Wagnerian music.

    Musical Criticisms Arthur Johnstone
  • That is to say, the music is continuous, as in Wagnerian musical drama.

    Musical Criticisms Arthur Johnstone
  • In point of fact "Ada" is Wagnerian only as compared with Verdi's earlier operas.

  • It is only when Verdi is compared with his earlier self that he appears Wagnerian.

  • The symbolism of the Wagnerian drama is both poetic and musical.

  • Nietzsche, just before 1876, experienced the pangs of a Wagnerian reactionary.

    Egoists James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for Wagnerian

Wagnerian

/vɑːɡˈnɪərɪən/
adjective
1.
of or suggestive of the dramatic musical compositions of Richard Wagner, their massive scale, dramatic and emotional intensity, etc
2.
denoting or relating to a singer who has a voice suitable for singing Wagner
3.
of or relating to a big, powerful, or domineering woman: a Wagnerian maiden
noun
4.
a follower or disciple of the music or theories of Richard Wagner
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