Christoph Willibald Gluck

Composer. 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 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
Dances of the Furies - ballet music from 'Orphee et Euridice'
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Dances of the Furies - ballet music from 'Orphee et Euridice'

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Christoph Willibald Gluck
'Melody' from Orfeo Ed Euridice
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'Melody' from Orfeo Ed Euridice
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orpheus (1949) - Complainte d'Eurydice
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Orpheus (1949) - Complainte d'Eurydice
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Orpheus and Euridice)
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Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Orpheus and Euridice)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Dance of the Furies (Orpheus and Euridice)
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Dance of the Furies (Orpheus and 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
Trio Sonata No 4 in B flat major
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Trio Sonata No 4 in B flat major
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Iphigenie en Tauride (Dieux! Protecteurs de ces affreux rivages)
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Iphigenie en Tauride (Dieux! Protecteurs de ces affreux rivages)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Iphigenie en Tauride - opera vers. French or German
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Iphigenie en Tauride - opera vers. French or German
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orfeo ed Euridice : What is life to me without thee? (Che farò
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Orfeo ed Euridice : What is life to me without thee? (Che farò
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orphée et Euridice: Aria. 'Lespoir renait dans mon ame'
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Orphée et Euridice: Aria. 'Lespoir renait dans mon ame'
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Air pour les esclaves (Iphigénie en Aulide)
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Air pour les esclaves (Iphigénie en Aulide)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Flute Concerto in G major
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Flute Concerto in G major
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Dance of the Blessed Spirits
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Dance of the Blessed Spirits
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
Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Orfeo ed Euridice)
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Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Orfeo ed Euridice)
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
Dance of the Blessed Spirits (from Orpheus and Eurydice)
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Dance of the Blessed Spirits (from Orpheus and Eurydice)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Sinfonia in A major, 'Regensburger'
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Sinfonia in A major, 'Regensburger'
Christoph Willibald Gluck
De profundis clamavi
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De profundis clamavi
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Alceste: Act I Divinites du Styx
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Alceste: Act I Divinites du Styx
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
Dance of the Furies from "Orfeo ed Euridice", Act 2
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Dance of the Furies from "Orfeo ed Euridice", Act 2
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Don Juan: Dance of the spectres and the furies
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Don Juan: Dance of the spectres and the furies
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Overture from 'Alceste'
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Overture from 'Alceste'

Overture from 'Alceste'

Orchestra
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Christoph Willibald Gluck
From 'Paris e Helena', ballet music
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From 'Paris e Helena', ballet music
Christoph Willibald Gluck
What is Life? (Orfeo ed Euridice)
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What is Life? (Orfeo ed Euridice)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orpheus and Eurydice, final chorus Act 3
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Orpheus and Eurydice, final chorus Act 3
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orpheus and Eurydice, Overture
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Orpheus and Eurydice, Overture
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Iphigenie en Tauride: "O malheureuse Iphigenie"
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Iphigenie en Tauride: "O malheureuse Iphigenie"
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
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 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
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)
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