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 5,689,640 page views. His biography is available in 148 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 147 in 2019). Richard Wagner is the 8th most popular composer, the 12th most popular biography from Germany (up from 14th 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 8 out of 1,228. Before him are Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Frédéric Chopin, Joseph Haydn, and Giuseppe Verdi. After him are George Frideric Handel, Franz Schubert, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Gustav Mahler, Johannes Brahms, 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, Georg Büchner, Henry Bessemer, John Snow, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, Ivar Aasen, 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, Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Charles II, Duke of Parma, and Princess Marianne of the Netherlands.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Richard Wagner ranks 12 out of 5,289. Before him are Johannes Gutenberg (1394), Friedrich Nietzsche (1844), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749), Albrecht Dürer (1471), Otto von Bismarck (1815), and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770). After him are George Frideric Handel (1685), Peter Paul Rubens (1577), Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777), Max Weber (1864), Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646), and Wilhelm Röntgen (1845).

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).