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Richard Wagner

1813 - 1883

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Wilhelm Richard Wagner ( VAHG-nər; German: [ˈʁɪçaʁt ˈvaːɡnɐ] (listen); 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 7,531,226 page views. His biography is available in 151 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 148 in 2019). Richard Wagner is the 9th most popular composer (down from 8th in 2019), the 16th most popular biography from Germany (down from 12th in 2019) 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 9 out of 1,216Before him are Johann Sebastian Bach, Frédéric Chopin, Antonio Vivaldi, Giuseppe Verdi, Franz Schubert, and Joseph Haydn. After him are George Frideric Handel, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Johannes Brahms, Giacomo Puccini, Gustav Mahler, and Robert Schumann.

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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, Georg Büchner, John Snow, Henry Bessemer, Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, Charles-Valentin Alkan, 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, Charles II, Duke of Parma, Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Princess Marianne of the Netherlands, and Eva Gonzalès.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Richard Wagner ranks 16 out of 6,142Before him are Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777), Johannes Kepler (1571), Otto von Bismarck (1815), Max Weber (1864), Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770), and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646). After him are Peter Paul Rubens (1577), Albrecht Dürer (1471), George Frideric Handel (1685), Angela Merkel (1954), Wilhelm Röntgen (1845), and Anne Frank (1929).

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), Johannes Brahms (1833), Robert Schumann (1810), Felix Mendelssohn (1809), Jacques Offenbach (1819), Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714), Richard Strauss (1864), Carl Maria von Weber (1786), and Carl Orff (1895).