Richard Wagner - mid 19th Century

from Letters of composers : an anthology, 1603-1945 / compiled and edited by Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte., page 176:

The trend, so favourable to me, of your comprehensive discourse on my Tannäuser best pleases me as evidence of the impression my work made upon yourself. I must truthfully confess, if you would like to know my real feelings upon reading your paper, that it was a most anxious experience. Whether I read praise or blame of myself I always feel as if someone were seizing and examining my entrails. Neither have I outgrown a certain maidenly bashfulness as though my soul were my body. A public performance of one of my operas is still an occasion of such boundless emotional turmoil that I have …   more >>
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Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte (ed.), Letters of composers : an anthology, 1603-1945 / compiled and edited by Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte. (New York, 1979), p. 176. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1424692026042 accessed: 25 October, 2021

Listeners

Richard Wagner
Theatre director, Composer, Conducting
1813-1883

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'Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg'
written by Richard Wagner

Experience Information

Date/Time mid 19th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in public

Notes

Letter from Richard Wagner to Eduard Hanslick, Music critic and writer on aesthetics (1825-1904), Dresden, January 1, 1847.


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Approved on Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:06:13 +0000