Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner (photo: Tully Potter)
Born: 1813
Died: 1883

No composer has had so deep an influence on the course of his art, before or since. Entrepreneur, philosopher, poet, conductor, one of the key composers in history and most remarkable men of the 19th century, Wagner knew he was a genius. He was also an unpleasant, egocentric and unscrupulous human being. 

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