Photograph of Composer Richard Wagner

Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman" (Der fliegende Holländer)


Renowned composer Richard Wagner initially averred that he was influenced to compose this The Flying Dutchman after he endured a tempestuously thunderous voyage to London in 1839, yet in 1843 he confirmed that the actual source of inspiration for Dutchman was Heinrich Heine’s novel The Memoirs of Mister von Schnabelewopski.
Dutchman is an incredibly moving composition with achieving repentance for blasphemy by gaining the constant love of a faithful woman being its central theme.
-Nicholas Alahverdian

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