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WAGNER, Richard 1813-1883
Important lengthy and largely unpublished autograph letter signed in full to the composer's German expatriate friends in Paris Ernst Kietz, Samuel Lehrs, and Gottfried Anders, dated Berlin, April 21, 1842
1842. WBV 243. Largely unpublished (less than half the text appears in the Sämtliche Briefe, Vol. 2, pp. 74-75).Wagner's letter to his friends in Paris was written shortly after leaving the city in April 1842. His two and a half years there are frequently referred to as the "years of starvation," as he struggled to find success and scraped together a living as an arranger and music critic. While living in Paris he completed Rienzi and worked extensively on Der fliegende Holländer, the two operas that were key to his early success and to securing his position as Kapellmeister in Dresden.Wagner writes in his autobiography about bidding his three friends farewell: "Great, even overwhelming was our emotion at parting from our poor, faithful friends Anders, Lehrs, and Kietz. ... [Kietz] pressed upon me, despite all protestations to the contrary, yet another five-franc piece, just about the substance of his own fortune at that moment; he also stuffed a package of good French snuff for me into the side compartment of the coach in which we at last were borne away across the boulevards and to the city gates, of which we this time saw nothing, for our eyes were blinded with tears." Wagner: My Life, p. 216.Among those referred to in the letter:- Meyerbeer played a prominent role in the acceptance of Wagner's opera Rienzi for production in Dresden which, to a large extent, motivated Wagner to leave Paris for Dresden - Wilhelm Fischer (1789-1859) was a choir director and stage manager at the Hoftheater in Dresden - Ferdinand Heine (1798-1872) was an actor, theatre director, … [Click Below for Full Description]
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