If Wagner was the cultural and musical chronicler of his time, if he remained a revolutionary activist, he had also gone into the act of police, and if he was finally his master of Bayreuth celebrated as the one of the major artist of his At the time, the illustrious composer did not live before a man made of chair and blood, animated by passions, with a sometimes violent, sometimes facetious, and sometimes tender character.
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(born on 16. March, 1815 – died on 18. November, 1896) | German trader and patron
If the Wesendonck name is linked for any music lover to the famous cycle of melodies inspired in Wagner by his muse Mathilde, it is also linked to the many aids the composer received from Otto, Mathilde’s husband, who in his own way was one of the most fervent defenders and builders of Richard Wagner’s work. Often too simply caricatured and reduced to the figure of a deceived husband who would have been deceived and robbed of both his largesse and his wife, Otto Wesendonck, beyond being a wealthy trader, was actually a brilliant mind. The one who was one of the most important silk merchants in Europe did not hesitate for a moment to offer Wagner his help, becoming one of his patrons, maybe seeking in this way to “buy” a reputation among the intellectuals of his time, but especially acting like the enlightened mind he was. (read more…)