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WAGNER (Richard):
Ueber die Auffuhrung des Buhnenfestspieles der Ring des Nibelungen. Eine Mittheilung und Aufforderung an die Freunde seiner Kunst von Richard Wagner
Leipzig: Verlag von E.W. Fritzsch, 1871. FIRST EDITION. Large 8vo, 233 x 150 mms., pp. [3] 4 - 19 [20 adverts], steel-engraved decorative bookplate by F. Mehl for Dr. Weils, dated 1902, on verso of title-page, original green printed wrappers, preserved in later boards with cloth spine; all edges sligttly chipped and worn, stitching somewhat loose. This is an extraordinary presentation copy from Wagner to his friend Richard Pohl (1826-1896), the music critic and composer. In late nineteenth-century Germany, nearly no-one was as vociferous a supporter of Wagner as Pohl. A key champion of the "Music of the Future", of which Wagner and Liszt were seen as exemplary figures, Pohl began in the 1850s to write "invective-laden articles under the pseudonym 'Hoplit' (from the Greek term hoplite, the foot-soldier of ancient Greece) in support of Liszt and Wagner," and was "critical of music of the more conservative Romantic composers" (Wikipedia). It is especially notable that while "both Liszt and Wagner thanked him for his support, Wagner in particular cooled to Pohl in later years, especially after Pohl's assertion that Wagner borrowed his chromatic harmonies in Tristan und Isolde directly from Liszt" (ibid.). The presentation copy at hand certainly suggests something of the state of the relationship between Wagner and Pohl at this time, the Spring of 1871, as a relationship amenable to gift-giving. Presentation copies of works by Wagner, whether inscribed by Wagner or by his recipient, do not turn up with frequency; rarer still are those that touch on a relationship important to hi … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: John Price Antiquarian Books [United Kingdom]
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