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Christoph Willibald Gluck 1714-1787

Christoph Willibald Ritter (knight) von Gluck was born in 1714 in Erasbach in the Upper Palatinate. Prague, Milan, Paris, Dresden and Vienna are just a few of the places in which this most "European" of 18th-century composers sojourned. In his 107 operas (of which only 47 survive), Gluck pursued a new ideal of dramatic stringency that used powerful, real emotions. This placed restraints on the effusive style of virtuoso singing and opened a new chapter in operatic history.

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Erasbach, Dresden

Bach - sights & sounds

Information and offers relating to places associated with the life and work of Johann Sebastian Bach.