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Christoph Willibald Gluck
(1747 - 1887)
||Born 2 July in Erasbach, Germany|
||Attends Prague University|
||Travels to Vienna and then to Italy as a musician, under the patronage of Prince Lobkowitz|
||First opera, Artaserse, successfully staged in Milan|
||Marries Maria Anna Bergin, daughter of a wealthy Viennese merchant. The marriage secured his favourable position in the Viennese imperial court|
||The Austrian Empress Maria Theresa appoints him Kapellmeister to the court theatre in Vienna|
||Composes opera Alceste, with its historic preface spelling out his ideas about operatic reform|
||Moves to Paris, with commissions to write a series of operas|
||Dies in Vienna, 15 November at age 73|