American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of Richard Wagner, his music dramas, or his theories.
- n. An admirer or disciple of Richard Wagner.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to any one named Wagner. Specifically—
- adj. of, or characteristic of Richard Wagner, or of his music
- n. an admirer of Richard Wagner
- n. a musician who plays Wagnerian music
- n. an opera singer who specializes in Wagnerian roles
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or resembling the style of, Richard Wagner, the German musical composer.
- adj. of or relating to Richard Wagner or his music
- n. a follower of the theories or an admirer of the music of Richard Wagner
“The plot is ultimately no more absurd than that of The Ring, so there is some justice in having Voigt, best known as a Wagnerian soprano, sing Minnie.”
“And the music, which has a kind of Wagnerian longing to it, trembles and rises to several crescendos through the two scenes where Judy comes, first looking almost like Madeleine but not quite; and then with the bun in her hair, she finally comes in looking more like Madeleine than ever, with a kind of greenish halo.”
“Of the French late Romantics, Albéric Magnard, a kind of Wagnerian classicist, is perhaps the most resistant to revival.”
“Gretel "in the Wagnerian manner, but has done it with so much fluency and deftness that a musical layman might listen to it from beginning to end without suspecting the fact, save from the occasional employment of what may be called Wagnerian idioms.”
“Williams used a kind of Wagnerian leitmotif thing where various characters had themes that recurred.”
“From baroque ornament to Wagnerian swell to Debussy-like detachment, whether parodied or emulated it's all there, played with finesse by the ROH orchestra, elegantly cajoled and tickled into life by the French conductor Bertrand de Billy.”
“Say the name Anton Bruckner, and majestic instrumental sonorities blaze across one's mind—emotional gestures against a backdrop of trembling strings, great motto-like themes of Wagnerian brass, rhythmic motifs weighty and satisfying.”
“Richard Strauss's biggest and most Wagnerian opera may be a repertory piece in German-speaking countries but in Britain it's rarely performed.”
“And then came the extra enchantment: a magnificent coloratura voice emerged from this petite five-footer, one that could hold its own with Lauritz Melchior, the renowned Wagnerian tenor.”
“Hitler's Downfall10. 10pm, More4Not to be confused with Downfall the movie, this documentary tells the same story of the Fuhrer's final days, physically shattered but determined to drag down the German people to his own Wagnerian demise.”
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