Glück, Christoph von (17141787)

Glück, Christoph von, a German musical composer and reformer of the opera; made his first appearance in Vienna; studied afterwards for some years under San-Martini of Milan, and brought out his first operaArtaxerxes,” followed by seven others in the Italian style; invited to London, he studied Händel, attained a loftier ideal, and returned to the Continent, where, especially at Vienna and Paris, he achieved his triumphs, becoming founder of a new era in operatic music; in Paris he had a rival in Piccini, and the public opinion was for a time divided, but the production by him of “Iphigénie en Aulide” established his superiority, and he carried off the palm (17141787).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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