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Christoph Willibald Gluck

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Christoph Willibald (von) Gluck (2 July 1714 - 15 November 1787) was a German composer, one of the most important opera composers of the Classical music era, particularly remembered for Orfeo ed Euridice. Gluck’s operatic reforms, eliminating all that was undramatic, were a turning point in the history of the medium.

Gluck’s musical legacy was around 35 complete operas, together with numerous ballets and instrumental works. His reforms influenced Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, particularly his opera Idomeneo (1781). Gluck left behind a flourishing school of disciples in Paris, who would dominate the French stage throughout the Revolutionary and Napoleonic period. As well as Antonio Salieri, they included Antonio Sacchini, Luigi Cherubini, Étienne Méhul and Gaspare Spontini. Gluck’s greatest French admirer would be Hector Berlioz, whose epic Les Troyens may be seen as the culmination of the Gluckian tradition.

Though Gluck wrote no operas in German, his example influenced the German school of opera, particularly Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner, whose concept of music drama was not so far removed from Gluck’s own.

(I understand Christoph Gluck was the music tutor of “Princess” Marie-Antoinette, during her childhood in Vienna, at the court of her mother - Empress Marie-Therese.

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  • OG-Gurda

    awesome

    1 Jul 5:34pm Reply
  • edanielsen

    Orfeo ed Euridice (the Italian version) is indeed beautiful. Just because of this (and under the influence of good Cognac) I also ended up buying Alceste, Paride et Elena & Armide

    5 Apr 11:07am Reply
  • Marquise-None

    Orphée et Eurydice...Un véritable délice...Plus particulièrement le Chœur des Furies...

    30 Jan 8:17pm Reply
  • Jakeukalane

    Orpheus and Eurydice is one of the most beautiful things I`ve ever heard. [2]

    18 Sep 2013 Reply
  • lacalisto

    Iphigenie en Tauride :))

    13 Aug 2013 Reply
  • PAN_GROT

    "L'innocenza giustificata" !! Festa teatrale - Giacomo Durazzo (1755) Claudia: Maria Bayo · Valerio: Andreas Karasiak Flaminia: Marina De Liso · Flavio: Veronica Cangemi Chor Werk Ruhr ; Wolfgang Klasener · Cappella Coloniensis ; Christopher Moulds.

    16 May 2012 Reply
  • emaskye

    > gluck > 1970 wat

    4 Apr 2012 Reply
  • MusicHallofFame

    The Music Hall of Fame are delighted to induct Christoph Willibald Gluck into the Class of 1970. Congratulations. Please vist our page too see the latest inductees into the Music Hall of Fame

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Fersifex

    Orpheus and Eurydice is one of the most beautiful things I`ve ever heard.

    23 Mar 2012 Reply
  • upgrade18

    De gira?

    27 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Zlotythepoet

    "J'ai perdu mon Eurydice" ist nichts, wenn nicht himmlisch; und seine Ouvertüre zu 'Alceste' muss eine der mächtigsten Musikstücke in der Musikgeschichte sein.

    16 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ghgosghsp

    Play his concerto for flute and orchestra in G major. Great music!

    6 Nov 2010 Reply
  • adrielygoes

    Genious!

    7 Sep 2010 Reply
  • prostomariya

    divine music !!

    28 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Vigridr

    wow almost no comments

    2 Aug 2010 Reply
  • RenanAlonso

    Actually, Mazurka is a 3/4 polish dance with accent at the second or third beat, so, there are many Mazurkas, Tchaikovsky's, Villa-Lobos's, Gluck's etc.

    8 Feb 2009 Reply