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Richard to Minna Wagner

Richard to Minna Wagner
Letters to his First Wife
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Music

  • Date Published: October 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108078535

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  • The German actress Minna Planer (1809–66) was Wagner's first wife. Though it lasted until her death, their marriage, never an easy one, was punctuated by long periods of separation, and during its early years Minna was the main breadwinner. William Ashton Ellis (1852–1919) abandoned his medical career to devote himself to his Wagner studies. Best known for his translations of Wagner's prose works, he published in 1909 this collection of letters from the composer, translated from the originals in Baron Hans von Wolzogen's Richard Wagner an Minna Wagner (1908). Concerned predominantly with domestic and business affairs, many of them complaining at Minna's lack of support, the letters offer an intriguing and intimate view of this larger-than-life composer. Volume 1 covers the period 1842–58, during which the couple lived in Dresden and Zurich. Volume 2 spans the years 1858–63, during which the couple separated but did not divorce.

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    • Date Published: October 2014
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108078535
    • length: 848 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 49 mm
    • weight: 1.03kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Translator's preface
    The letters. Volume 2: The letters (cont.)
    Index to both volumes.

  • Author

    Richard Wagner

    Editor and Translator

    William Ashton Ellis

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