Definitions for "Music drama"
Keywords:  wagner, opera, drama, richard, dramatic
An opera in which the text and action are not interrupted by set arias, duets, etc., the music being determined throughout by dramatic appropriateness; musical drama of this character, in general. It involves the use of a kind of melodious declamation, the development of leitmotif, great orchestral elaboration, and a fusion of poetry, music, action, and scene into an organic whole. The term is applied esp. to the later works of Wagner: "Tristan und Isolde," "Die Meistersinger," "Rheingold," "Walküre," "Siegfried," "Götterdämmerung," and "Parsifal."
A term used to describe an opera in which the musical and dramatic elements are meant to be totally fused; the term first became popular with Wagner.
Wagner's designation for his operas. musicology The scholarly study of music and its historical contexts.