Gluck, Christoph Willibald Ritter von
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(b Erasbach, nr Berching, Upper Palatinate, 2 July 1714; d Vienna, 15 Nov 1787). Bohemian-Austrian composer of Italian and French opera, a leading figure in opera of the second half of the 18th century, and the person chiefly credited with the ‘reform’ of opera after the age of Metastasian ...