Richard Wagner - 1856

from Letters of composers : an anthology, 1603-1945 / compiled and edited by Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte., pages 187,188:

My most startling experience of this kind came to me, as it must have done, in regard to the Nibelungen. I shaped the poem at a time when I had built myself a conceptual universe upon the Hellenic-optimistic model, which I believed entirely possible of realization if mankind would only will it, and in it I attempted ingeniously to bridge for myself the problem as to why, in that case, they do not actually will it. I recollect now having evolved the character of my Siegfried to this very end, with the will to present a life without sorrow; but I counted on expressing myself still more plainly …   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. 187,188. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1424692537330 accessed: 1 December, 2022

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Richard Wagner
Theatre director, Composer, Conducting
1813-1883

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Der Ring des Nibelungen
written by Richard Wagner

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Date/Time 1856
Medium live

Notes

Letter from Richard Wagner to August Röckel , Zurich, August 23, 1856.


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