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WAGNER, Richard, German composer, 1813-1883.

Published by Lucerne, (1870)

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From: Hellmut Schumann Antiquariat (Zurich, Switzerland)

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About this Item: Lucerne, 1870. Folded sheet with 4 pp., 1 1/2 pp. of text. 257 x 172 mm. Lucerne, 7 March 1870. Addressed to "Hochgeehrtester Herr Direktor!" Wagner's reply to an inquiry "In Erwiderung Ihrer geneigten Anfrage vom 5ten dieses M. habe ich Ihnen zu berichten, dass Sie die Partitur meiner Oper 'Rienzi' gegen die Erstattung des Copierens von der C. F. Meser'schen Musikhandlung in Dresden zu beziehen haben. Als Honorar für das Aufführungsrecht spreche ich . von dem Stuttgarter Hoftheater widerholt mir gezahlte von Fünzig Louis d'or an, welches ich bereits für die 'Meistersinger' in Anspruch genommen haben würde.". AUTOGRAPHS ; MUSIC ; Seller Inventory # 32290-290

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Wagner, Richard, German composer (1813-1883).

Published by Tribschen, 24. IX. 1871. (1871)

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About this Item: Tribschen, 24. IX. 1871., 1871. 637 x 440 mm. Fine, large-format portrait of Wagner, after a steel engraving by Johann Lindner, printed by E. H. Schroeder, Berlin. Inscribed to Carl Bertileni. Seller Inventory # 32000

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Wagner, Richard, German composer (1813-1883).

Published by Bayreuth, 1. XI. 1875. (1875)

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About this Item: Bayreuth, 1. XI. 1875., 1875. Large 4to. 2 pp. on bifolium. Addenda. An invitation for the first Bayreuth Festival ever (held in 1876), mistakenly addressed "Herrn Carl Schlosser, in München. | Lieber Herr Schlosser!", but intended for the German tenor Max Schlosser who was to sing the part of Mime. Seller Inventory # 33901

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Wagner, Richard, German composer (1813-1883).

Published by Zürich, 30. X. 1852. (1852)

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About this Item: Zürich, 30. X. 1852., 1852. Oblong small 8vo. 1 p. Red crayon note in a different hand at head. Advertisement for a music magazine in which Wagner requests conductors who desire to perform the ouverture of "Tannhäuser" to approach him for several remarks he wishes to make in this respect. Seller Inventory # 33763

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Wagner, Richard, German composer (1813-1883).

Published by N. p., app. 1876. (1876)

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About this Item: N. p., app. 1876., 1876. 138:101 mm (portrait) on cardboard. Dedicated to Carl Brandt, a close collaborator of Wagner at Bayreuth: "Lieber Brandt | wenn wir erst zum | letzten Brand | gekommen sein werden, | wollen wir Lachnerin | einen Hahn | schlachten | Dieses gelobend bin ich | Ihr | dankbarer Richard Wagner". - From the studio of Fritz Luckhardt. - Mentioned in Wagner, Letters (A 673) and in an auction catalogue of Leo Liepmannsohn (cat. 63, no. 193). - Somewhat spotty; script somewhat faded. Seller Inventory # 44548

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Wagner, Richard, German composer (1813-1883).

Published by Starnberg near Munich, 4. VI. 1864. (1864)

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About this Item: Starnberg near Munich, 4. VI. 1864., 1864. Large 8vo. 1½ pp. To an undisclosed recipient, i. e. court secretary Franz Seraph Pfistermeister (1820-1912), informing him about a hasty departure to Vienna and asking to meet Pfistermeister at his home this evening. - Small tears at lower margin WBV 3898. Seller Inventory # 33089

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Wagner, Richard, German composer (1813-1883).

Published by Bayreuth, 5. III. 1876. (1876)

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About this Item: Bayreuth, 5. III. 1876., 1876. Large 8vo. 4 pp. on double leaf. To an unnamed member of the Wagner Society of Cologne, on a scheduled concert at the Gürzenich concert hall and his participation in it: "[.] I am quite satisfied with its program, but I prefer to do the prelude to Lohengrin instead of the Walkürenritt ["Ride of the Valkyries"] which I really dislike to play, not at least because of the enormously huge orchestra which is necessary [.]". Moreover, Wagner writes on some concerts at Leipzig, Dresden, Breslau, Prag, Graz, and Pest, he had refused to give, and a concert at London, which was organized by the British pianist and head of the Wagner Society of London, Edward Dannreuther (1844-1905). - WBV 6442. Seller Inventory # 32392

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Wagner, Richard, German composer (1813-1883).

Published by Dresden, 20. IX. 1842. (1842)

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About this Item: Dresden, 20. IX. 1842., 1842. Large 4to. 1 p. To an undisclosed recipient, i. e. Karl Theodor von Küstner (1784-1864), director of the court theatre at Berlin, on the proposed world premiere of "Der Fliegende Holländer" ("The Flying Dutchman"), which was accepted for staging by Küstner's predecessor Count Redern by recommendation of Giacomo Meyerbeer. Since Redern and Küstner had both omitted to give a concrete date for staging, Wagner is now asking Küstner to tell him the current state of affairs. Moreover, he informs him that his "Rienzi" will be staged at Dresden within the next month, and invites him to visit the performance in case that he stays at Dresden at that time. - One month after this letter, Wagner was celebrating the premiere of "Rienzi" at the Dresden Court Theatre (20 October), one of his first major successful premieres. The "Flying Dutchman" was also first staged in Dresden (January 2, 1843) under his direction. - Stromger damage to edges. WBV 271. Sämtliche Briefe Vol. 2, No. 23. Seller Inventory # 33092

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Autograph letter signed.: Wagner, Richard, German

Wagner, Richard, German composer (1813-1883).

Published by Bayreuth, 2. VI. 1875. (1875)

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About this Item: Bayreuth, 2. VI. 1875., 1875. Large 8vo. 2 pp. on bifolium. Important letter to the publisher Adolf Fuerstner in Berlin about the publication of the final edition of "Tannhäuser", recorded in Wagner's catalogue of works as "state 4", which since 1876 has remained to this day the most widely used and staged version. Save for a short quotation in a 1977 Stargardt catalogue, this letter is unpublished and therefore especially valuable. Fuerstner had taken over the rights from Meser at Dresden, who had published the first edition in 1845. Now, Wagner sends him the signed contract, announces the finally-revised full score, explains the main changes he has made, and remains in joyful anticipation of receiving the agreed sum of 3,000 Goldmarks. Moreover, he reports that the Russian-born pianist and composer Josef Rubinstein, a friend and ardent admirer of Wagner's, will finish the arrangement of the Venusberg scene within the next few days and send it to Fuerstner. - Rubinstein was famous for excellent pianoforte transcriptions including the "Ring des Nibelungen"; in 1869 he was appointed "Kammerpianist" by Grand Duchess Helena. Seller Inventory # 33968

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Autograph letter signed.: Wagner, Richard, German

Wagner, Richard, German composer (1813-1883).

Published by Venice, 30. X. 1858. (1858)

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About this Item: Venice, 30. X. 1858., 1858. Large 8vo. 3 pp. on double leaf. To an unnamed recipient about his relentless efforts in performing his "Tannhäuser". Since the court theaters at Stuttgart and Braunschweig were still unwilling to stage the opera, Wagner is very pleased that his addressee wants to enact it, and gives him some detailed information concerning his professional fee ("at least 50 Louisd'or"). - Somewhat soiled and spotty, and some small damages to edges. Seller Inventory # 31400

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Autograph letter signed.: Wagner, Richard, German

Wagner, Richard, German composer (1813-1883).

Published by Dresden, 19. V. 1848. (1848)

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About this Item: Dresden, 19. V. 1848., 1848. Large 4to. 2¾ pp. on double leaf. With autogr. address. Important letter of political content, written to the German politician and stenographer Franz Jacob Wigard (1807-1885), at the time member of the Frankfurt Assembly, the first freely elected parliament for all of Germany. In his peremptory letter, Wagner laid down what in his opinion were the principles that ought to guide the Frankfort meeting. He looks to the meeting of the German National Assembly in Frankfurt to assume unified power from the old Bundestag, to introduce rearming the German people, to make a defensive treaty with France and, finally, to create a rational and coherent German nation out of the myriad of princely states, both large and small, overcoming the opposition of the Princes themselves, emphasizing that only then can the Assembly begin its work and without which all their good work so far will be undone. "I am apprehensive of much harm", he wrote, "if the German Parliament does not in the first instance resolve on the following: (1) that Parliament at once vests the sole constitutive power in itself, as well as the authority to nominate a Provisional Executive from among its members; (2) immediate introduction of Folk-arming after the model known to us; (3) an offensive and defensive alliance with France [.] Let the fourth step be the Territorial question of the German States. If the Frankfort Assembly intends to create a constitution that will unite Germany, it must first address itself to the inequality of the individual States: it must appoint a commission to formulate proposals for a rational and natural construction on the basic principle that no single State shall have less than four or more than six million inhabitants. That is the definitely decisive point, without the establishment of which all our labours would be merely patchwork [.]". - A fine letter outlining Wagner's political views and his desire to see a unified German nation, in the wake of the 1848 Revolution in France and turmoil within Germany. Barricades were put up in Dresden and the king was presented with demands for constitutional reform. Wagner joined the revolutionaries, hoping that this would lead to the reform of a National Theatre. His letter was prompted by the convening of the National Assembly at Frankfurt on 18 May, and is addressed to the Saxon Delegate at the Assembly, Jacob Franz Wigand, who had earlier been dismissed from the University at Dresden for his radical political views. - Published in the "Sämtliche Briefe", II, no.256, after a press-cutting in the Wagner Archives and without reference to the original. - Torn margins repaired, dust-marked. Seller Inventory # 31423

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Autograph letter signed.: Wagner, Richard, German

Wagner, Richard, German composer (1813-1883).

Published by Tribschen, 30. IX. 1871. (1871)

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About this Item: Tribschen, 30. IX. 1871., 1871. Large 4to. 4 pp. on bifolium. To an undisclosed recipient, i. e. August Frhr. v. Loën, director of the Court Theatre at Weimar and the court orchestra, in the matter of the foundation of the Bayreuth Festival Theatre. - The laying of the foundation stone for the theatre took place on May 22, 1872, Wagner's 50th birthday. Marie ("Mimi") Baroness (from 1879: Countess) von Schleinitz (1842-1912) - whom Wagner is mentioning - was an influential salonnière of the early German Reich in Berlin and one of the most important supporters of Richard Wagner and one of the principal advocates of the Bayreuth Festival. WBV 5898. Seller Inventory # 33091

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Wagner, Richard, German composer (1813-1883).

Published by Starnberg, 25. VI. 1864. (1864)

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About this Item: Starnberg, 25. VI. 1864., 1864. Large 8vo. 5 pp. on 3 ff. Includes autogr. envelope with embossed sender's monogram and initials on verso. Long, important letter to Josephine Maier, mother of Wagner's close friend Mathilde Maier. As a matter of form, Wagner's oft-quoted request that Mathilde move in with him as his companion is directed to her mother: "My dear and esteemed friend! Only to someone to whom I already owe so much love and true dedication as I do to you may I dare submit a question and indeed a request as I must today. I must now decide how to go about keeping my home tolerable in such a fashion that the fine external security now achieved also serves my inner prosperity. As you know, I live in separation from my wife: my desire to transfer my household to a female being has recently become so strong in me once more that I seriously considered whether it might not be better to call back my wife rather than live alone. Only the conviction, gained from long experience and confirmed by the observations of all my friends and relations, that a reunion must needs bring about for the both of us a condition much less bearable than separation, has utterly disabused me of this plan [.]" (transl.). - While this remarkable letter is addressed to Josephine Maier, Wagner sent it directly to Mathilde Maier, who read it without passing it on to her mother. She rejected Wagner's offer, but remained his friend for the rest of his life. Published in M. Dürrer (ed.), Richard Wagner. Sämtliche Briefe, vol. 16. Briefe des Jahres 1864, Wiesbaden/Leipzig/Paris 2006, no. 204, p. 245ff., commentary p. 599 with references to earlier editions. Seller Inventory # 33769

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An Weber's letzter Ruhestätte auf dem Friedhof: Wagner, Richard, German

Wagner, Richard, German composer (1813-1883).

Published by N. p., [December 1844]. (1844)

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About this Item: N. p., [December 1844]., 1844. 4to. 2 pp. (90 lines). Original draft for Wagner's famous oration held on December 15, 1844, when Carl Maria von Weber's remains were laid to rest at the Catholic cemetery in Dresden. The mortal remains of Weber, who had died in London in 1826, were transferred back to Germany in 1844 on the initiative of Wagner, and were finally buried there. - With small departures printed in: Richard Wagner, Gesammelte Schriften und Dichtungen, II, 1871, 61 ff., also: Gesammelte Schriften und Dichtungen, 4th ed., vol. 2, 1907, 46 ff. A facsimile of the fair copy of Wagner's speech, which has also survived, is published in Julius Kapp, Richard Wagner. Sein Leben, sein Werk, seine Welt in 260 Bildern, Berlin 1933, 40. - Provenance: Cäcile Geyer, Wagners half-sister (1815 - 1893), their son Ferdinand Avenarius (1856 - 1923), and his stepson Wolfgang Schumann (1887 - 1964), afterwards in private collection. - Mild toning and slightly spotty; small damage to edges. Seller Inventory # 32528

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