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Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner

(dpa files) - A photo shows German composer Richard Wagner in Bavaria, 1877. He was born on 22 May 1813 in Leipzig and died on 13 February 1883 in Venice, Italy. Wagner is acknowledged as the master of German opera, and one of the most progressive composers in history. In 1843 his production 'The Flying Dutchman' became a big hit. Near the end of the 1840s Wagner began work on his monumental cycle of four musical dramas collectively titled 'Der Ring des Nibelungen' ('The Ring of the Nibelungs'). This cycle, comprised of 'Das Rheingold' (the rhine gold), 'Die Walkuere' (the valkyrie), 'Siegfried' and 'Die Goetterdaemmerung' (twilight of the gods) took 22 years to complete, and stands as one of the most remarkable and influential achievements in Western music. Wagner's other works include the operas 'Tristan und Isolde', 'Lohengrin' and 'Tannhaeuser'. In 1872 Wagne
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