Wagner: the first Lord of the Ring

Brunhilde. Illustration for The Rhinegold and The Valkyrie by Richard Wagner, 1910. Private Collection. Artist: Arthur Rackham (1867-1939). Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images

Film music has its roots in 19th century opera. The fascinating and controversial life and music of Wagner is explored, as well as an overview of how film music has its roots in opera. Musical examples are played, and history is uncovered.