Text Box: COMPOSER AUTOGRAPHS

Price: $10,000.00

Text Box: HARMONIE AUTOGRAPHS AND MUSIC INC.

MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS & ANTIQUARIAN
Text Box: MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS AND EPHEMERA BOUGHT AND SOLD
RICHARD WAGNER - COMPOSER

FINE CONDITION

Phone: 212-860-5541 

 

Autographed statement by the composer regarding Franz Liszt and the World Premiere of Tannhäuser on a 2.5” x 5.75” album leaf. Ex Arturo Toscanini estate by way of his son Walter Toscanini’s estate and later from his grandson Walfredo Toscanini, who sold it to a Rimini, Italy based book dealer.  The document is newly matted with double openings and packed to museum standards with hand drawn decorative lines, sized 12” x 19”.  We have included an original 1878 lifetime stipple engraving published by Henry J. Johnson, New York.

 

The composer writes:

 

Was ich fühlte, als ich diese Musik erfand, fühlte er, als er sie aufführte; was ich sagen wollte, als ich sie niederschrieb, sagte er, als er sie ertönen liess. Wunderbar!

 

Richard Wagner

 

What I felt when I invented this music, he felt when he performed it; what I wanted to say when I wrote it down, he said when he let it be heard. Wonderful!

 

Richard Wagner

 

Wagner (1813-1883) wrote this statement about Franz Liszt and their synchronicity during the rehearsals of “Tannhäuser” during the 1849 Weimar premiere in his 1851 book, Eine Mitteilung an meine Freunde (A Communication to My Friends). Written whilst Wagner was in exile in Zürich, the book immediately follows his 1850 Antisemitic book, “Jews in Music”. This book was written to his friends and financial backers.  It can only be described as narcissistic. The book is broken down into sections,  his opinion of the arts and his progress as an artist and his future plans.  The last few pages of the book, 99-104 is entitled “Franz Liszt”.  The statement in our autograph is on page 101. (Hofenberg edition) The Liszt section is describing and thanking Liszt for his support, especially for his willingness to conduct the World Premiere of “Lohengrin” in Weimar in 1850 when no other German opera house would touch it due to Wagner’s politics.

 

Conductor Arturo Toscanini’s eldest grandson Walfredo, a New York based architect came to be in possession of the bulk of the material from his grandfather’s estate after the death of his father Walter in 1971.  That is what the family did not sell to the New York Public Library.  Walfredo was known to deaccession items from his grandfather’s estate from time to time.  This autograph was one such item and was sold to an antiquarian book dealer in Rimini, Italy that has a specialty of architecture, so it possibly could have been a trade.  Walfredo’s family help two auctions of his estate, Sotheby’s London where there were some Wagner letters and at Doyle in New York City in 2013.  There are tracing marks on the verso of the autograph from previous framing.  Toscanini kept framed musical autographs in his music room in his home, Wave Hill in Riverdale outside of New York City.  

 

The autograph is floated with archival hinges in the French non-acidic mat along with the engraving described at the top.  Our framer regularly mats and frames specialty artwork for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Modern Museum of Art and has handled our autographs for over 20 years.  We have used a mat color which best shows the autograph and engraving and leave the framing to you.