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Richard Wagner was born to an ethnic German family in Leipzig, where his family lived at No. He struggled to play a proper scale at the keyboard and preferred playing theatre overtures by ear.

3, the Brühl (The House of the Red and White Lions) in the Jewish quarter. Following Geyer's death in 1821, Richard was sent to the Kreuzschule, the boarding school of the Dresdner Kreuzchor, at the expense of Geyer's brother.

Begun when he was in school in 1826, the play was strongly influenced by Shakespeare and Goethe.

Liszt conducted the premiere in Weimar in August 1850.it was accepted for performance by the Dresden Court Theatre (Hofoper) in the Kingdom of Saxony and in 1842, Wagner moved to Dresden.His relief at returning to Germany was recorded in his "Autobiographic Sketch" of 1842, where he wrote that, en route from Paris, "For the first time I saw the Rhine—with hot tears in my eyes, I, poor artist, swore eternal fidelity to my German fatherland." Wagner's involvement in left-wing politics abruptly ended his welcome in Dresden.In January 1828 he first heard Beethoven's 7th Symphony and then, in March, the same composer's 9th Symphony (both at the Gewandhaus).Beethoven became a major inspiration, and Wagner wrote a piano transcription of the 9th Symphony.