Heinrich Marschner's 1829 opera, Der Vampyr is one of those phenomena of music,
a true precursor in style and content. At first it was a sensation, as all literature was taken
with the sweep of Gothic and horrific literature. Based on Dr. John Pollidori's story "The Vampyre,"
written in tandem with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, this opera rode the crest of the Gothic
wave that lasted well to the end of the century.
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