One of greatest Baroque opera composers, Christoph WillibaldGluck escaped from his home in Bohemia to study music in Prague, against his fatherís wishes. Gluckís first position was a composer and keyboard player for the court of Prince Lobkowitz in Vienna. Gluck travelled with the court to Italy where he became a student of Sammartini. Having earned a great reputation as an opera composer in Italy, Guck was commissioned to write operas for the Haymarket Theatre in London. Offended by Handelís critical remarks, Gluck left London and moved to Paris where his opera compositions received phenomenal reputation. His greatest triumph with Iphigenie en Tauride was followed by a failure of his Echo etNarcisse. Gluck left Paris and settled in Vienna where he lived in virtual retirement.Gluck's historical importance lies in blending the best opera traditions of Italian, French, and German schools. Gluck was also regarded as a great teacher. His students include Salieri, Sacchini, Cherubini, Méhul and Spontini.