Richard Wagner

Composer simultaneously credited with ringing in the modern classical era, and being the father of heavy metal.

Richard Wagner

I do not believe that a single composition of Wagner will survive him.

—Music theorist Moritz Hauptmann, 1849

There is no law prohibiting to write when one has no ideas whatsoever. The work of Monsieur Wagner is therefore perfectly legal.

National, 1850

Destitute of melody, extremely bad in harmony, utterly incoheret in form and inexpressive of any intelligible ideas whatever …

—W.H. Glover reviewing Tannhäuser in the Morning Post, 1855