The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Wagner, Wilhelm Richard
The great musical composer, born at Leipzig; showed early a faculty for music, and began the enthusiastic study of it under Beethoven; in 1835 became conductor of the orchestra of the theatre of Magdeburg, and held the same post afterwards at Riga and Königsberg; his principal works were "Rienzi", "The Flying Dutchman", "Tannhäuser", "Lohengrin", "Tristan and Isolde", "The Mastersingers of Nürnberg" (1859-60), and the "Ring of the Nibelungen," the composition of which occupied 25 years; this last was performed in 1876 at Bayreuth in a theatre erected for the purpose in presence of the emperor of Germany and the principal musical artists of the world; "Parsifal" was his last work; his musical ideas were revolutionary, and it was some time before his works made their way in England (1813-1883).
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Wagner, Wilhelm Richard'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/w/wagner-wilhelm-richard.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.