Richard Wagner Autobiography 5.2

Richard Wagner Biography – MY LIFE Part II 1842-1850 With the exception of these two actors who played the leading parts, I had only very moderate material at my disposal. But there was plenty of goodwill, and I had recourse to an ingenious device to indu... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 5.1

Richard Wagner Biography – MY LIFE Part II 1842-1850 Thus it came about that he had the opportunity of busying himself with the work of a member, now grown to man’s estate, of the very family with whom he had spent such pleasant days in his youth. H... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 5.0

Richard Wagner Biography – MY LIFE Part II 1842-1850 The journey from Paris to Dresden at that time took five days and nights. On the German frontier, near Forbach, we met with stormy weather and snow, a greeting which seemed inhospitable after the spring... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 4.9

Richard Wagner Biography – MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued To this district, situated in the Papal States, Frederick had, by a peaceful compact, transplanted the remnant of his Saracen retainers, who had previously been wreaking terrible havoc in the ... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 4.8

Richard Wagner Biography – MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued I paid another visit, the last for a long time to come, to the Grand Opera to hear this Reine de Chypre. There was, indeed, much for me to smile at. My eyes were no longer shut to the extreme ... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 4.7

Richard Wagner Biography – MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued Thereupon followed a general revival in our circle; my exuberant good spirits astonished every one, and my Avenarius relations in particular thought I must really be prospering, as I was such ... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 4.6

Richard Wagner Biography – MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued Another journalistic opportunity arose out of my endeavours to secure the acceptance of my Rienzi by the Court Theatre at Dresden. Herr Winkler, the secretary of that theatre, whom I have alre... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 4.5

Richard Wagner Biography – MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued During the same winter Berlioz produced his Sinfonie Fantastique and his Harald (‘Harold en Italie’). I was also much impressed by these works; the musical genre-pictures woven int... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 4.4

Richard Wagner Biography – MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued So far so good. I began to write articles for Schlesinger’s wonderful paper. The first was a long essay, De la musique allemande, in which I expressed with the enthusiastic exaggeration ... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 4.3

Richard Wagner Biography – MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued The very first visit I received in the rooms I had taken with such high hopes was from Anders, who came with the tidings that the Theatre de la Renaissance had just gone bankrupt, and was clos... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 4.2

Richard Wagner Biography – MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued The whole of that period of the deterioration of my musical tastes which dated, practically speaking, from those selfsame confusing ideas about Beethoven, and which had grown so much worse thr... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 4.1

Richard Wagner Biography – MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued I had written to my future brother-in-law, Avernarius, in Paris, to ask him to find us suitable accommodations, and we started on our journey thither on 16th September in the diligence, my eff... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 4.0

Richard Wagner Biography – MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued It was only now that I began to realise the danger to which I had exposed, not only myself, but also my poor Minna, and the folly of which I had been guilty through my ignorance of the terribl... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 3.9

Richard Wagner Biography – MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued The fact that the playing of such criminal parts as the one he had had in view with my wife was unable to divert the ever-increasing attention of the outside world from his vicious and dissolu... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 3.8

Richard Wagner Biography – MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued Amalie’s beautiful voice and real vocal talent at first won for her a very favourable reception with the public, a fact which did us all a great deal of good. Being, however, very short,... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 3.7

Richard Wagner Biography – MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued Thus I spent the remainder of this summer of ever-happy memory. At the end of August I had to leave for Riga to take up my new appointment. Although I knew that my sister Rosalie had shortly b... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 3.6

Richard Wagner Biography – MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued Accompanied by Schmitt, I called this dangerous person to account on the subject in his own home. At first this only led to the usual denials. Afterwards, however, he sent secret communi... Read More | Share it now!

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