Richard Wagner

1813 - 1883

Richard Wagner

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 5,387,797 page views. His biography is available in 147 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 8th most popular composer.

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Among composers, Richard Wagner ranks 8 out of 1,008Before him are Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, Frédéric Chopin, Antonio Vivaldi, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and Giuseppe Verdi. After him are Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, George Frideric Handel, 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, Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Franz Miklosich, Ivar Aasen, and John Snow. 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, Sojourner Truth, Midhat Pasha, Charles II, Duke of Parma, Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and Joseph Plateau.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Richard Wagner ranks 14 out of 3,763Before him are Friedrich Nietzsche (1844), Otto von Bismarck (1815), Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777), Johannes Kepler (1571), Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770), and Albrecht Dürer (1471). After him are Peter Paul Rubens (1577), Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646), George Frideric Handel (1685), Max Weber (1864), Anne Frank (1929), and Friedrich Engels (1820).

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), Richard Strauss (1864), Jacques Offenbach (1819), Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714), Carl Maria von Weber (1786), and Georg Philipp Telemann (1681).

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