Bühnenweihfestspiel (»A Festival Play for the Consecration of the Stage«) in three acts (1882)
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Richard Wagner wrote »Parsifal« towards the end of his life. It combines Christian myth with Buddhist elements and ideas from the philosophy of Schopenhauer. He saw the work as an embodiment of his idea of art-as-religion. With powerful, soul-stirring music, it ultimately presents a religious ideology that preaches the overcoming of sin and sensuousness through insight, compassion and rejection of love, which is portrayed as reprehensible.