My Life — Volume 1

Produced by John Mamoun <mamounjo@umdnj.edu> with help
from Charles Franks and the Online distributed proofreading
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My Life, Volume 1

By Richard Wagner

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PREFACE
CONTENTS
MY LIFE

PART I. 1813-1842
PART II. 1842-1850 (Dresden)

PREFACE

The contents of these volumes have been written down directly from my
dictation, over a period of several years, by my friend and wife, who
wished me to tell her the story of my life. It was the desire of both
of us that these details of my life should be accessible to our family
and to our sincere and trusted friends; and we decided therefore, in
order to provide against a possible destruction of the one manuscript,
to have a small number of copies printed at our own expense. As the
value of this autobiography consists in its unadorned veracity, which,
under the circumstances, is its only justification, therefore my
statements had to be accompanied by precise names and dates; hence
there could be no question of their publication until some time after
my death, should interest in them still survive in our descendants, and
on that point I intend leaving directions in my will.

If, on the other hand, we do not refuse certain intimate friends a
sight of these papers now, it is that, relying on their genuine
interest in the contents, we are confident that they will not pass on
their knowledge to any who do not share their feelings in the matter.

Richard Wagner

CONTENTS

Part I. 1813-1842

       Childhood and Schooldays

       Musical Studies

       Travels in Germany (First Marriage)

       Paris: 1839-42

Part II. 1842-1850 (Dresden)

       ’Rienzi’

       ’The Flying Dutchman’

       Liszt, Spontini, Marschner, etc.

       ’Tannhauser’

       Franck, Schumann, Semper, Gutzkow, Auerbach

       ’Lohengrin’ (Libretto)

       Ninth Symphony

       Spohr, Gluck, Hiller, Devrient

       Official Position.

       Studies in Historical Literature

       ’Rienzi’ at Berlin

       Relations with the Management, Mother’s Death, etc.

       Growing Sympathy with Political Events, Bakunin

       The May Insurrection

       Flight: Weimar, Zurich, Paris, Bordeaux, Geneva, Zurich

ILLUSTRATIONS [not shown in e-text]

FRONTISPIECE FOR VOLUME I

Richard Wagner in 1842, from the Portrait by E. Kietz.

FRONTISPIECE FOR VOLUME II

Richard Wagner about 1872 by Lenbach.

Original in the possession of Frau Cosima Wagner These frontispieces
are used by the courtesy of Mr. F. Bruckmann.

MY LIFE

PART I

1813-1842

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