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Richard Wagner
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Age 69
Birthday 22 May, 1813
Birthplace Leipzig, Germany
Died 13 February, 1883
Place of Death Venice, Italy
Height 5' 5½" (166 cm)
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Nationality German
Occupation Composer
Claim to Fame Here comes the Bride" & "Ride of the Valkyries
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Wilhelm Richard Wagner (/ˈvɑːɡnər/; 22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is primarily known for his operas (or, as some of his later 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 Weber and 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, and which was announced in a series of essays between 1849 and 1852. Wagner realised these ideas most fully in the first half of the four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung).

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