Richard Wagner liked to think big! If a musical phrase is like a sentence, then some of his musical phrases are as long as a whole book! That is another way of saying that he wanted to make the experience of listening to music become something that takes you over so that you feel you are ‘in’ the music.
How do you feel ‘in’ the music when you listen to Wagner?
You could say that Mozart and Wagner wanted to do opposite things in some ways. Do you agree? How are they the same, how are they different?