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 tune in Germany, yet moved to London in 1869 to pursue a profession as a critic and author on song. He edited the sequence 'The nice Musicians' for Novello and Co., used to be track critic of the days, wrote libretti for a few now-forgotten operas, and was once an early recommend and interpreter to the British of Wagner. in addition to writing Wagner in his personal 'Great Musicians' sequence (1881), and Richard Wagner and the song of the longer term (1874), he translated the correspondence of Wagner and Liszt. This attention-grabbing two-volume choice, released in 1888, covers the interval 1841-61. Hueffer signs 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 finally a partner's father.

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0th, 1849. WAGNER AND LISZT. 23 18. MY DEAR FRIEND, To youx I must turn if my heart is once more to open itself, and I am in need of such heart-comfortings ; that I cannot deny. " Your friendship—if you could understand what it is to me ! My only longing is to live with my wife always near you. Not Paris nor London—you alone would be able to hammer out what good there may be in me, for you fire me to the best efforts. From Zurich you had news of me through Wolff. Switzerland did me good, and there I found an old friend of my youth, to whom I could talk much about you.

That meant to throw yourself into the work body and soul, to sacrifice body and soul, to press and exert every fibre of the body, every faculty of the soul, towards the one aim of not only producing your friend's work, but of producing it splendidly and to his advantage. You had to be sure that it would succeed, for only with a view to success had you begun the work; and therein lies the force of your character and of your ability—you have succeeded. If I have judged your beautiful action rightly, if I have understood you, I hope you will understand me too when, in words as brief and precise as was your action, I say to you, / THANK you, dear friend !

Is it possible ? Why not ? All is possible to you. About the " Abendstern," dear friend, do exactly as you like. I have spoken to Meser about it, and he will write to you at once to place himself at your disposal; but if you prefer another way of publication, do exactly as you like. In any case I feel highly flattered by your proposal. To-day I read the account of my opera in the Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung of which you speak; by its tenor Herr von Biedenfeld has once more obliged me very, very much; express to him my best thanks, dearest friend !

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