WAGNER, RICHARD. (1813-1883). German opera composer of Götterdämmerung, Tristan und Isolde, Der Fliegende Holländer, and other monumental stage works. AQS. (“Richard Wagner”). 1p. Oblong 12mo. N.p., N.d. In German with translation. A remarkable quotation that appears in Wagner’s 1851 book Eine Mitteilung an meine Freunde (A Communication to My Friends), celebrating Wagner’s reaction when he first heard Franz Liszt’s interpretation of Tannhäuser.
“What I felt as I was composing this music is what he felt as he was performing it; what I was trying to say as I was writing it down, he said as he was bringing it to life. Marvelous!”