Autograph letter signed to the editor of the Berliner Börsen Courier, George Davidsohn. An important letter regarding the first performance of portions of Götterdämmerung
by WAGNER, Richard 1813-1883
Apparently unpublished. WBV 7091 (location "unknown"). The concert in Berlin (actually, there were two, on April 24 and 25, 1875) was part of a series of performances designed to promote the inaugural Bayreuth Festival in 1876. Besides the immolation scene, the program included a "Grosses scenisches Vorspiel" (apparently an orchestral arrangement of the beginning of Götterdämmerung) and the scene of Siegfried's death. Barth, Mack, and Voss, eds.: Wagner: A Documentary Study, p. 227, reproducing a broadside announcing a concert in Vienna on March 1, 1875.Amalie Materna (1844-1918) sang Brünnhilde at the inaugural 1876 Bayreuth Festival. Dr. Josef Standthartner (1818-1892) was a neurologist and patron of music in Vienna. "Music director Stern" possibly refers to Julius Stern (1820-1883), founder of the Stern'sches Konservatorium.George Davidsohn (1835-1897) was the editor-in-chief (and intitially, publisher) of the daily newspaper Berliner Börsen Courier.. 2 pp. Octavo. Dated Bayreuth, April 4, 1875. In Wagner's characteristically dense, elegant hand. In German (with translation). Wagner writes about preparations for an upcoming concert in Berlin featuring excerpts from his (then unperformed) opera Götterdämmerung. He confirms the participation of the Viennese soprano Amalie Materna, gives instructions for the program book, and discusses rehearsal work. The Viennese doctor and patron of music Josef Standhartner and a "music director Stern" in Berlin are mentioned."Frau Materna has received her leave for leave for the Berlin concert... Her participation is making the full presentation of the concert possible since I would not have attempted the great closing scene [Brünnhilde's immolation] without her. You can now have the exact Vienna program for Berlin announced; I hope that the announcement of Materna as guest artist will have a definitive positive effect... I am greatly concerned about the orchestra this time. Is our friend, Music Director Stern, doing anything about it?" (Inventory #: 23511)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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