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Richard Wagner led one of the romantic period's most controversial, exciting and bizarre lives - find out more about him with our facts gallery!
It's variously loved, detested and admired by music fans, but you can't knock the Ring Cycle for its scale and ambition. It's estimated that composing the music for Der Ring des Nibelungen took Wagner from 1848 to 1874, and it wasn't given its full premiere in 1876 at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus.
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