Friday, May 31, 2013

Letters: Wagner to the Wesendonks

I have just started reading Richard Wagner's letters to his muse Mathilda Wesendonk and her husband Otto, 1853-1856. There seems to be a general consensus that Wagner was not a very nice man, but although I have only read the first few letters, I think I am going to like him a lot.

Here is a note from Wagner to Otto Wesendonk on 16 March 1854:

Homer crept out of my library. 
I asked: where are you going? 
He said: to congratulate Otto Wesendonk on his birthday.
I answered: congratulate from me as well!
Richard W.

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