SECTION II – IN THE INTIMACY OF RICHARD WAGNER

If Wagner defrayed the cultural and musical chronicles of his time, if he was even a revolutionary activist stricken with exile and pursued by police forces even outside his country, and if he was finally the Master of Bayreuth celebrated as one of the major artists of his time, the famous composer remained above all a man made of flesh and blood, animated by passions, with a character sometimes violent, sometimes facetious, and sometimes tender …

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WAGNER’S CIGAR CUTTER, GIVEN BY COSIMA TO ANTON SEIDL

Published on the internet on dec.2, 2017 for ... auction sale !

In 1872, Anton Seidl was summoned to Bayreuth as one of Richard Wagner’s copyists, and he assisted in making the first fair copy of Der Ring des Nibelungen. He and Wagner remained close associates, with Wagner helping to secure Seidl’s appointment to the Leipzig State Theater, where he remained until, in 1882, he went on tour with Angelo Neumann’s Nibelungen Ring company.
On the morning of February14, having arrived in Aix-la-Chapelle (today’s Aachen) with his technical staff and chorus, Neumann was informed of Wagner’s death in Venice the day before. Seidl honored his commitment to give Das Rheingold that evening. ‘Tears were streaming from his eyes during the performance,’ according to a member of the company. (read more…)

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RICHARD WAGNER, A MUSICIAN, A COMPOSER, AN ARTIST

The artistic and musical education of Richard Wagner ; Wagner, conductor ; Wagner, music director ; Wagner, composer (analysis of the composition process by Richard Wagner) ; Wagner, stage director ; Wagner and singers ; Wagner and his patrons ; Wagner and his era : what is the place of Wagner’s art in the European culture of the XIXth century?

RICHARD WAGNER, THE THEORIST

From political positions to the total work of art: one step only… ; From a theatre in Zurich to the idea of ​​the Bayreuth Festspielhaus: Wagner, art theorist; Richard Wagner’s library; Richard Wagner’s “elective affinities” (his musical, literary, philosophical, political mentors) ; Germany and Germans according to Richard Wagner; Wagner on all fronts: Germans and the climate!

RICHARD WAGNER, THE MAN
RICHARD WAGNER IN EVERYDAY LIFE

Richard Wagner, a sick artist; Wagner at the tableWagner and animals; Wagner and children / Wagner and family; Wagner and money / Wagner … and the question of “material well-being”; Getting to know Wagner better from his correspondence with Franz Liszt