Richard Wagner

1813 - 1883

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Wilhelm Richard Wagner ( VAHG-nər; German: [ˈʁɪçaʁt ˈvaːɡnɐ] ; 22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is chiefly known for his operas (or, as some of his mature works were later known, "music dramas"). Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the libretto and the music for each of his stage works. Initially establishing his reputation as a composer of works in the romantic vein of Carl Maria von Weber and Giacomo Meyerbeer, Wagner revolutionised opera through his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk ("total work of art"), by which he sought to synthesise the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts, with music subsidiary to drama. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Wagner has received more than 9,175,624 page views. His biography is available in 153 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 151 in 2019). Richard Wagner is the 7th most popular composer (up from 9th in 2019), the 16th most popular biography from Germany and the 3rd most popular German Composer.

Richard Wagner is most famous for his operas, which are considered to be some of the most influential in the history of music.

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Among composers, Richard Wagner ranks 7 out of 1,451Before him are Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, Frédéric Chopin, Antonio Vivaldi, and Giuseppe Verdi. After him are Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, George Frideric Handel, Robert Schumann, Antonín Dvořák, and Gustav Mahler.

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Among people born in 1813, Richard Wagner ranks 2Before him is Giuseppe Verdi. After him are Søren Kierkegaard, David Livingstone, Claude Bernard, Ivar Aasen, Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, Georg Büchner, Henry Bessemer, Charles-Valentin Alkan, John Snow, and Franz Miklosich. Among people deceased in 1883, Richard Wagner ranks 2Before him is Karl Marx. After him are Édouard Manet, Ivan Turgenev, Gustave Doré, Emir Abdelkader, Henri, Count of Chambord, Midhat Pasha, Joseph Plateau, Princess Marianne of the Netherlands, Charles II, Duke of Parma, and Thomas Mayne Reid.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Richard Wagner ranks 16 out of 7,253Before him are Henry Kissinger (1923), Friedrich Nietzsche (1844), Otto von Bismarck (1815), Johannes Kepler (1571), Albrecht Dürer (1471), and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770). After him are Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646), Peter Paul Rubens (1577), Max Weber (1864), George Frideric Handel (1685), Wilhelm Röntgen (1845), and Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837).

Among COMPOSERS In Germany

Among composers born in Germany, Richard Wagner ranks 3Before him are Ludwig van Beethoven (1770), and Johann Sebastian Bach (1685). After him are George Frideric Handel (1685), Robert Schumann (1810), Johannes Brahms (1833), Felix Mendelssohn (1809), Jacques Offenbach (1819), Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714), Richard Strauss (1864), Carl Maria von Weber (1786), and Carl Orff (1895).