7/16/2021Apex Learning - Courses1/2Important People in MusicObjectivesExamine the life and music of Richard Wagner.Examine the life and music of Igor Stravinsky.Discover the role of the conductor in the orchestra and how it has changed over the years.Important People in MusicRichard Wagner was a German composer born in 1813. He came from a theatrical family and set outto be a playwright, but was inspired by Beethoven's music to become a composer instead. Hespecifically wanted to write operas.Wagner began working as an opera conductor in Germany and then in Paris. He was not successfulin either place. He returned to Germany and was appointed the conductor of the Dresden Opera,where he and his operas began to enjoy fame.Wagner was notorious for living beyond his means and running up massive amounts of debt.Because he thought it would help his finances and fame, he became involved in a revolutionaryuprising and was exiled from Germany for twelve years.