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!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 3.4

MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued The friendship of the director, manager, and favourite members of the theatre she regarded as indispensable, whilst those frequenters of the theatre who, through their criticism or taste, influenced the public, and thus... Read More | Share it now!

Richard Wagner Autobiography 3.3

MY LIFE Part 1: 1813-1842 continued It was not surprising that Laube noticed by my untidy, passionate, and wasted appearance that something unusual was amiss with me. It was only in his company, which I always found comforting, that I gained the only impr... Read More | Share it now!

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!

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