Correspondence of Wagner and Liszt, Volume 1 by Franz & Wagner Richard Liszt, Francis Hueffer

By Franz & Wagner Richard Liszt, Francis Hueffer

Francis Hueffer (1845-89) used to be born and studied song in Germany, yet moved to London in 1869 to pursue a occupation as a critic and author on track. He edited the sequence 'The nice Musicians' for Novello and Co., used to be song critic of the days, wrote libretti for a few now-forgotten operas, and was once an early suggest and interpreter to the British of Wagner. in addition to writing Wagner in his personal 'Great Musicians' sequence (1881), and Richard Wagner and the tune of the long run (1874), he translated the correspondence of Wagner and Liszt. This attention-grabbing two-volume choice, released in 1888, covers the interval 1841-61. Hueffer indications in his preface the significance to Wagner of the encouragement of Liszt - a longtime performer while Wagner used to be slightly identified and greatly ridiculed, a musical mentor, an enthusiastic critic and at last a spouse's father.

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ZURICH, July qth, 1849. WAGNER AND LISZT. 39 23. MY DEAR LISZT, Are you in a good temper ? Probably not, as you are just opening a letter from your plaguing spirit. And yet it is all the world to me that you should be in a good temper just to-day, at this moment! Fancy yourself at the most beautiful moment of your life, and thence look upon me cheerfully and benevolently, for I have to proffer an ardent prayer. I receive to-day a letter from my wife, unfortunately much delayed in the post. It touches me more than anything in the world; she wants to come to me, and stay with me, and suffer with me once more all the ills of life.

I am anxious at not having seen anything of them. 26. DEAREST FRIEND, A thousand thanks for your letter, and for kindly taking care of my wife. The unknown donor is wrong in wishing to be hidden from me. Thank him in my name. The day before yesterday I sent you a long article; probably you have read it. I am glad that I can agree to your wish to dedicate Tannhduser to the Grand Duke without the slightest abnegation of my principles, for I hope you will see that I care for something else than the stupid political questions of the day.

That wonderful man must also look after my poor wife. I am particularly anxious to get her out of Saxony, and especially out of that d d Dresden. Therefore I have hit upon the idea of finding for her and her family a modest but cheerful refuge somewhere in the Weimar territory, perhaps on one of the grandducal estates, where, with the remainder of what is saved of our goods and chattels, she might prepare a new home for herself, and perhaps for me also—in the future. May my friend succeed in this !

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