Joseph Conrad in Brussels - March, 1894
from Letter from Joseph Conrad to Christopher Sandeman, 5 June 1917 , page 208:
Joseph Conrad, Letter from Joseph Conrad to Christopher Sandeman, 5 June 1917 . In Laurence Davies, Owen Knowles, Gene M. Moore and J. H. Stape (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad vol.9, volume 9 (Cambridge, 2007), p. 208. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1387050545464 accessed: 29 November, 2023
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Tristan und Isolde
written by Richard Wagner
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, indoors, in public|
These performances at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, were the first Belgian performances of this work. The source text suggests that Conrad may have heard this performance in the company of his Belgian relative by marriage, the writer, Marguerite Poradowska. The context of the letter is that Sandeman, a journalist and author had sent Conrad a copy of a book of which he was a co-author "Die Hohenzollern-dammerung: eine Welt-Tragodie", in which the (see footnote 1 of source text, 'the Hohenzollern Dynasty was equated with Wagner's doomed gods.'