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Wagner completed his opera Parsifal

13 January 1882

Richard Wagner completed his opera Parsifal, 25 years after first conceiving the idea. Parsifal is based on the 13th century epic poem about the Arthurian knight Parzival or Percival and his quest for the Holy Grail. It was premiered in July of that year at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus.

    Vorspiel (Prelude)


    He! Ho! Waldhüter ihr


    Seht dort, die wilde Reiterin




Mussorgsky was sacked

13 January 1880

Russian Romantic composer Modest Mussorgsky was dismissed from his government job due to problems arising from his alcoholism. His friends tried to help him, offering him financial support on the condition of fulfilling his musical commissions, such as Khovanshchina. This was around the time that the Russian realist painter Ilya Repin was working on his famous red-nosed portrait of Mussorgsky looking dishevelled. It would prove to be the last year of Mussorgsky's life.









Palestrina was hired at the Sistine Chapel

13 January 1555

Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina, one of the most important vocal composers of Renaissance Italy was hired at the Sistine Chapel, an unusual decision, since Palestrina was married. This was typically a position given to a member of the clergy, but Palestrina was held in such high regard by Pope Julius III since the publication of his Masses to the Pontiff that this rule was overlooked. Unfortunately, the celibacy rule was reinstated and within the year, Palestrina and two other married musicians were forced to leave.

    Ave Maria

    Das erste Zusammenspiel (Arr. After Prelude in C Major, BWV 846)

    No. 6, Da unten im Tale (Arr. for Choir)

    Die große Probe (Arr. After Fugue in G Minor, BWV 578)

    No. 4, Guten Abend, gut' (Arr. for Choir)

    Marten glücklich (Arr. After Larghetto from Keyboard Concerto in D Major, BWV 972)