The Life and Times of Richard Wagner
Nineteenth century German composer Richard Wagner s Ring of the Nibelung consists of four separate operas. Also known as the Ring Cycle, it was the crowning point of Wagner s career. Wagner was somewhat of a late bloomer in music. His first major composition was performed when he was nearly 30, and the Ring Cycle premiered when he was 53. While Wagner was among the world s greatest composers, he was not a particularly good person. He didn t repay borrowed money, he bore grudges against people who had done favors for him, amd he was unfaithful to his first wife. However he remains fascinating and controversial today.