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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
1870-75; Wagner + -ian
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  • She did not notice that she was being followed; when she turned homeward she faced Herr Albert, the famous Wagnerian tenor.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • 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
  • It all looked very dull and heavy, being an off-day, and as she was not a Wagnerian it meant absolutely nothing to her.

    The Diva's Ruby F. Marion Crawford
  • On the other hand, we do not agree with the criticism that "Gerontius" is Wagnerian music.

    Musical Criticisms Arthur Johnstone
  • Only relatives, or creditors, ever ring in that Wagnerian manner.

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

  • None of the motives in these Wagnerian dramas are composed arbitrarily.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
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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