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What happened on this day in music history? Which composers were born on this day, who died, what music was written, and what was performed? Introducing our brand new book The Big Book of Classical Music by Darren Henley, Sam Jackson and Tim Lihoreau, jam-packed with quotes, facts and juicy info about the world of classical music - for all 366 days of the year! We've picked a selection of important dates and facts to whet your appetite, so what are you waiting for?
November 1st, All Saints' Day, is an important day for Wagner. In 1853 he started work on his operatic triumph, Das Rheingold, and, just 18 years later to the day, he wrote to the authorities in Bayreuth proposing a brand new opera house. It went on to become one of the most famous opera houses in the world, with the schedules dictated by Wagner himself.
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