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German conductor and composer, noted especially for his interpretations of the music of Brahms, Wagner and Bruckner.

Hermann Levi was, in his early career, a friend of Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. He later became interested in Wagner's music, was involved in the preparations for the first performance of Die Meistersinger in 1868, and himself conducted Die Meistersinger and Rienzi in 1869. In 1872, he accepted the position of Ludwig II's Hofkapellmeister at Munich. He was deeply committed to the idea of the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth, and eventually directed the first performance of Parsifal there on July 26, 1882.

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