Gesamtkunstwerk

Gesamtkunstwerk (German: [gəˈzamtˌkʊnstvɛʁk], literally “total artwork”, frequently translated as “total work of art”, “ideal work of art”, “universal artwork”, “synthesis of the arts”, “comprehensive artwork”, or “all-embracing art form”) is a work of art that makes use of all or many art forms or strives to do so.

What composer used the term Gesamtkunstwerk?

composer Richard Wagner

The idea was popularized by the composer Richard Wagner who argued for the “consummate artwork of the future,” where “No one rich faculty of the separate arts will remain unused in the Gesamtkunstwerk of the Future”.

Author: consingas

Hello, my name is Hilary, and I'm not exactly sure why, but I often find myself wondering about the many mysteries of life. Throughout my life, I have learned that life is exciting when perceived as infinite refactoring for discovery and enjoyment. That being said, I enjoy learning about the existential crises of others and the creative strategies people use to achieve goals through barriers, challenges, and obstacles.

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