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Christoph Willibald Gluck Christoph Willibald Gluck
1714 - 1787 DE 1*
Born: 2/07/1714, Erasbach DE
Died: 15/11/1787, Vienna AT
A key figure in the transformation of Baroque into Classical opera, paving the way for Mozart, though his influence stretched much further into the 19th century, with both Berlioz and Wagner acknowledging their debt to him. In his reform operas from Orfeo ed Euridice onwards, he sought to throw off the formal conventions of opera seria and write music of "beautiful simplicity" (his own words) which would concentrate on the drama rather than musical virtuosity for its own sake.
Dramma per musica, Opéra-ballet, Opera seria, Azione teatrale, Opéra comique, Drame lyrique
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