Wagner: Complete Letters
Vol. 17: Briefe des Jahres 1865 - ed. by Martin Dürrer
Banned after Tristan world premiere
The year 1865 held its fair share of highs and lows for Richard Wagner. The artistic high point was the much-acclaimed Munich world premiere of Tristan, which had been considered unplayable up to then. Wagner also envisioned a music and art school in Munich, as well as a festival theater on the River Isar. King Ludwig II was thus his most important correspondent in this year, as Wagner described his projects to his royal patron in great detail. By the end of the year, however, public pressure against the composer had taken on such dimensions that Ludwig had to banish him from Bavaria. Wagner left the Bavarian capital for Switzerland...