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Wagner. Ride the storm

Sezione 1
Sezione 2

The King of the Ring

MUNICH, Cuvilliés Theatre. 1864


I was exhausted, parched by the

truncated sections of the Tetralogy and The Master Singers,
which I had not resumed composing. I remained alone before the flight of my friends, like a magician who had lost his powers. At fifty, I was tired of living. One little push and it would all be over!...All that remained was to flee to Switzerland to avoid arrest for indebtedness. In order to calm the creditors, Liszt's uncle,
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a well-known lawyer, sold the furniture of my house in Vienna without my knowledge. Thus, I suddenly found myself without accommodation. I wrote to Wesendonck, hoping that he would take me back to Zurich,but he refused me. In despair, I went to the house of another friend of mine, without being waited for, but shortly afterwards he

was invited to leave.On my way to Munich, I stopped in Stuttgart to persuade conductor Eckert to perform Tristan for me, which had become a masterpiece that had been gathering dust in the drawer for five years... We were in the process of deciding the matter when, one evening, the King of Bavaria's secretary appeared and

asked to speak to me; believing that I was wanted by the police, I replied that I was not at home. The next morning, this mysterious person joined me at the hotel, giving me a ring and a photo of the young King Ludwig, who was madly in love and called me to Munich. And so it was that the première of Huldigungsmarsch took place at the Cuvilliés Theatre in the German city.
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Sezione 3

Go back to this place


The King of the Ring

MUNICH, Cuvilliés Theatre. 1864

Go on to the next place


BAYREUTH, Haus Wahnfried. 1883

The peace of madness

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