Richard Wagner Autobiography 3.2

MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued This was the end of my career as director and composer in Magdeburg, which in the beginning had seemed so full of promise and had been started at the cost of considerable sacrifice. The serenity of art now gave way comp... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 3.1

MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued Shakespeare’s play, which I kept throughout in mind as the foundation of my story, was worked out in the following manner:– An unnamed king of Sicily leaves his country, as I suggest, for a journey to Naples... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 3.0

MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued At last, however, it became necessary seriously to attend to the purpose of my journey. Only in passing did I touch at Wurzburg for a day. I remember nothing of the meeting with my relations and acquaintance beyond the ... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 2.9

MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued After accompanying Minna to Leipzig, whence she continued her journey to Magdeburg, I presented myself to my family, but told them nothing of my Dresden excursion. I now braced my energies, as though under the stern com... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 2.8

MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued Without any light-hearted jests, without gaiety or joking of any description, we breakfasted quietly and decorously together, and at an hour when, in view of the compromising circumstances of the previous evening, we co... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 2.7

MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued This was all done with a friendly serenity and composure that had something almost motherly about it, and it was free from all suggestion of frivolity or of heartlessness. In a few weeks the company had to leave Lauchst... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 2.6

MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued By means of a circuitous route into which we were led by our insatiable longing for adventures–adventures which, as a matter of fact, occurred only in our imagination, and which to all intents and purposes were bu... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 2.5

MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued What Pohlenz had not done by his conducting of the Ninth Symphony, what the Vienna Conservatoire, Dionys Weber, and many other clumsy performances (which had led me to regard classical music as absolutely colourless) ha... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 2.4

MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued I relate this incident to atone for a sin which has weighed very heavily on my conscience ever since. I can compare this sad experience only with one out of my earliest boyhood days, namely the drowning of some puppies ... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 2.3

MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued On my return from my long journey I was introduced to Heinrich Laube, whom my sister had added to her list of intimate friends. It was at the time when the after-effects of the July revolution were beginning to make the... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 2.2

MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued The hot summer air of Vienna was absolutely impregnated with Zampa and Strauss. A very poor students’ rehearsal at the Conservatoire, at which they performed a Mass by Cherubini, seemed to me like an alms paid beg... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 2.1

MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued When, in the following year, I called on Friedrich Rochlitz, at that time the ‘Nestor’ of the musical aesthetes in Leipzig, and president of the Gewandhaus, I prevailed upon him to promise me a performance o... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 2.0

MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued On this occasion I had listened to the conversation of these two men on philosophy and philosophers, which made a tremendous impression on me. I remember that Weiss was an absent-minded man, with a hasty and abrupt mann... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 1.9

MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued I cannot clearly recall the incidents that removed from Leipzig the few remaining fire-eaters to whom I had pledged myself since that fatal vacation-time; I only know that this aide of my fame as a student yielded to an... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 1.8

MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued I was in a great hurry about it, for in a week the Easter vacation would begin, and the ‘men’ would go down from Leipzig, when it would be impossible to be elected member of a club until the vacation was ove... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 1.7

MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued How great, then, was my astonishment when one day the current political events of the time enabled me, as it were, to gain a personal experience of the sort of national upheavals with which I had come into distant conta... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 1.6

MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued On the other hand, this visit brought me a great treasure, which was responsible for leading me in a very different direction from that advised by Kuhnlein. This was the score of Beethoven’s great Quartette in E f... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 1.5

MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued The less frequent visits of Weber, on the other hand, seemed to have produced upon me those first sympathetic impressions which I have never since lost. In contrast to Sassaroli’s repulsive figure, Weber’s r... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 1.4

MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued My uncle was delighted to find in me a very willing listener to his recital of classic tragedies. He had made a translation of Oedipus, and, according to his intimate friend Tieck, justly flattered himself on being an e... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 1.3

MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued My good spirits and courage were stimulated by the jovial manners of this merry fellow, who constantly repeated his favourite motto, ‘non plus ultra.’ We soon struck up an acquaintance, and in return for my ... Read More | Share it now!

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