Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck (born 2nd July 1714), is among the founders of the classical style of music in the west. He was basically an opera composer and has contributed a lot towards by giving opera a respectful place in the dramaturgical practices. Initially he lived in Vienna but later moved to Paris.
In Paris Christoph successfully fused the style of both Italian and French opera. He brought a revolution in French opera, but ultimately returned to Vienna after bad reception of few of his works. He studied music and learned instruments under the supervision of G.B. Sammartini in 1737. He also got the honor of becoming the house composer at the prestigious King’s Theatre in London. After he settled back in Vienna, he became Kapellmeister. There he was also honored and was made “Knight of the Golden Spur” by Pope Benedict XIV.
In his musical career, he created around 35 operas along with several ballets and instrumental works. He spent his last time in Vienna. He is among the pioneers of classical and operatic music and several future artists learned from his work. He died of a heart failure in the year 1787.