Christoph Willibald Gluck

Born 2 July 1714. Died 15 November 1787
Christoph Willibald Gluck
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1714-07-02
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Christoph Willibald Gluck

Biography (Wikipedia)

Christoph Willibald (Ritter von) Gluck (born on 2 July, baptized 4 July 1714 – 15 November 1787) was a composer of Italian and French opera in the early classical period. Born in the Upper Palatinate and raised in Bohemia, both part of the Holy Roman Empire, he gained prominence at the Habsburg court at Vienna. There he brought about the practical reform of opera's dramaturgical practices for which many intellectuals had been campaigning. With a series of radical new works in the 1760s, among them Orfeo ed Euridice and Alceste, he broke the stranglehold that Metastasian opera seria had enjoyed for much of the century. Gluck introduced more drama by using simpler recitative and cutting the usually long da capo aria. His later operas have half the length of a typical baroque opera.

The strong influence of French opera encouraged Gluck to move to Paris in November 1773. Fusing the traditions of Italian opera and the French (with rich chorus) into a unique synthesis, Gluck wrote eight operas for the Parisian stage. Iphigénie en Tauride was a great success and is generally acknowledged to be his finest work. Though he was extremely popular and widely credited with bringing about a revolution in French opera, Gluck's mastery of the Parisian operatic scene was never absolute, and after the poor reception of his Echo et Narcisse, he left Paris in disgust and returned to Vienna to live out the remainder of his life.

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Christoph Willibald Gluck
Iphigenie en Tauride: "O malheureuse Iphigenie"
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Iphigenie en Tauride: "O malheureuse Iphigenie"
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Trio Sonata No 4 in B flat major
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Trio Sonata No 4 in B flat major
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Armide: Overture
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Armide: Overture
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Ah! Dans ce bois (Orphée et Eurydice)
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Ah! Dans ce bois (Orphée et Eurydice)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orpheus and Eurydice: Dance of the Furies
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Orpheus and Eurydice: Dance of the Furies
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orfeo Ed Euridice, Act II: Dance Of The Blessed Spirits
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Orfeo Ed Euridice, Act II: Dance Of The Blessed Spirits
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Iphigénie en Tauride: Accompagnato & Aria (after Gigue from Partita BWV 825)
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Iphigénie en Tauride: Accompagnato & Aria (after Gigue from Partita BWV 825)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Dance of the Blessed Spirits - dance music from 'Orphée et Euridice'
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Dance of the Blessed Spirits - dance music from 'Orphée et Euridice'
Christoph Willibald Gluck
La rencontre imprevue (Overture)
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La rencontre imprevue (Overture)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Dances of the Furies - ballet music from 'Orphee et Euridice'
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Dances of the Furies - ballet music from 'Orphee et Euridice'
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Orfeo ed Euridice)
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Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Orfeo ed Euridice)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Overture from Iphigenie en Aulide
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Overture from Iphigenie en Aulide
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Che faro senza Euridice (J'ai perdu mon ...)from Act 3, Scene 1 of Orfeo ed Euridice
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Che faro senza Euridice (J'ai perdu mon ...)from Act 3, Scene 1 of Orfeo ed Euridice
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Che Faro Senza Euridyce
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Che Faro Senza Euridyce
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Ballet, from 'Orpheus and Eurydice'
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Ballet, from 'Orpheus and Eurydice'
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orpheus's Lament transc. by Wilhelm Kempff
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Orpheus's Lament transc. by Wilhelm Kempff
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Menuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits
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Menuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Christoph Willibald Gluck
From 'Paris e Helena', ballet music
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From 'Paris e Helena', ballet music
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 2 Scene 2)
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Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 2 Scene 2)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
La rencontre imprévue (Overture)
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La rencontre imprévue (Overture)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Flute Concerto in G major
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Flute Concerto in G major
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Dance of the Furies (Orfeo ed Euridice)
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Dance of the Furies (Orfeo ed Euridice)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Symphony in A major
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Symphony in A major
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act 2: Che faro senza Euridice?
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Orfeo ed Euridice: Act 2: Che faro senza Euridice?
Christoph Willibald Gluck
'Che faro senza Euridice' (Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 3, Scene 1)
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'Che faro senza Euridice' (Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 3, Scene 1)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Melodie (Orfeo ed Euridice)
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Melodie (Orfeo ed Euridice)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Che Faro Senza Euridice? (Orfeo Ed Euridice)
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Che Faro Senza Euridice? (Orfeo Ed Euridice)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Dance of the Furies (Orfeo ed Euridice)
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Dance of the Furies (Orfeo ed Euridice)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Di questa cetra in seno (Il Parnaso confuso)
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Di questa cetra in seno (Il Parnaso confuso)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Nous ne trouvons partout que des gouffres ouverts (Ubalde, le Chevalier danois)
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Nous ne trouvons partout que des gouffres ouverts (Ubalde, le Chevalier danois)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Di Questa Cetra In Seno
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Di Questa Cetra In Seno
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Iphigenie en Aulide (Act 1: Les voeux dont ce peuple m'honore; Air)
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Iphigenie en Aulide (Act 1: Les voeux dont ce peuple m'honore; Air)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orphee et Euridice: Menuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits
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Orphee et Euridice: Menuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Christoph Willibald Gluck
La Clemenza di Tito: Se mai senti spirarti sul volto
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La Clemenza di Tito: Se mai senti spirarti sul volto
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Iphigénie en Tauride, Wq. 46, Act II, Scenes 3 & 4: Dieux ! Protecteurs de ces a
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Iphigénie en Tauride, Wq. 46, Act II, Scenes 3 & 4: Dieux ! Protecteurs de ces a
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orphée et Eurydice, Wq. 30, Act II: Danse des Furies
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Orphée et Eurydice, Wq. 30, Act II: Danse des Furies
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orphée et Eurydice, Act 4: "J'ai perdu mon Eurydice" (Orfeo)
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Orphée et Eurydice, Act 4: "J'ai perdu mon Eurydice" (Orfeo)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orphée et Eurydice: Overture
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Orphée et Eurydice: Overture
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Melodie
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Melodie
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Che farò senza Euride (Orfeo ed Euridice)
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Che farò senza Euride (Orfeo ed Euridice)
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