Richard WAGNER (1813-1883). L.A.S., Lucerne... - Lot 218 - Ader

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Richard WAGNER (1813-1883). L.A.S., Lucerne... - Lot 218 - Ader
Richard WAGNER (1813-1883). L.A.S., Lucerne March 12, 1869, [to Jules Pasdeloup]; 3 pages in-8; in French. Beautiful letter about Rienzi. [The Paris premiere of the opera, created in 1842 in Dresden, took place at the Théâtre-Lyrique impérial on April 6, 1869, in a translation by Charles Nuitter, and conducted by Jules Pasdeloup]. It is full of gratitude for everything you are doing to promote the hoped-for success of our Rienzi. I had to laugh when I read that you had obeyed a widespread misunderstanding, namely to believe that the Dresden theater had to be approached for the model for the staging of my opera. When this work was staged in Dresden, I was a young beginner, for whose work absolutely nothing was spent, so that (for example) the costumes were made up from the old wardrobe of I don't know which rooms! At last, you have valiantly remedied the consequences of this misunderstanding! But there may well be others. Believe me: come, come with your steward to see me in Lucerne! He explained in his letter to La Liberté why he didn't want to come to Paris, and he very earnestly begs Pasdeloup to hear you out again with me on many details. The movements of the music - believe me! - are of extreme importance: to agree with you on this subject quite explicitly, would be a very-very useful thing; you'll be amazed sometimes at the misunderstandings that can arise in this respect even between the best musicians in the world. And he still insists that Pasdeloup should come to Lucerne; as for coming to Paris: It's a matter of a kind of - perhaps - disastrous consequences for both of us! That's why I always repeat: come and see me, and leave me in peace in Lucerne! Provenance: Robert de Montesquiou (his small monogram stamp in the upper left corner of the letter). Bibliothèque de Robert de Montesquiou, I, April 23-26, 1923 (part of lot 681).
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