The Ride of the Valkyries is the name given to the piece of music at the beginning of Act III of the opera Die Walküre (The Valkyrie). This opera is the second in a group of four operas known as Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). The Ride of the Valkyries lasts about 8 minutes, but shortened versions are usually played outside of the opera house. It has become one of the most famous musical compositions of all time. If you want to know who composed this classical piece of music, keep reading to find out.
Who composed the Ride of the Valkyries?
The Ride of the Valkyries was composed by the famous German composer Richard Wagner. He composed all of the four operas known as Der Ring des Nibelungen. The main theme of the Ride of the Valkyries was completed in 1851 and the draft was finished in 1854. The complete opera, including this piece of music, was completed in 1856. The opera was first performed in 1870 at the National Theater Munich. The Ride of the Valkyries was instantly popular and Wagner began receiving requests to perform it separately. He was angry at this request and did not give his permission. However, the piece of music was printed and sold by the publisher, which Wagner complained about. After receiving many requests he finally gave his permission in 1876.