Framed Signed Letter & Photo: Richard Wagner

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Framed Signed Letter & Photo: Richard Wagner

Celebrated German opera composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883) spent 9 years in exile in Zürich, as a guest of friends. While there, Wagner conducted concerts with his own music. In this letter, signed and dated 1853, he is arranging for musicians from Germany to participate in upcoming concerts under his baton. The letter, written in German with an English translation included, lists the instrumentalists needed. Matted next to it is a photo postcard of the composer from early 1900s.

  • Black & white photo
  • Signed letter
  • Green outer mat, yellow inner mat
  • Gold-colored frame
  • Frame: 18.25” W x 14.75” H


I just learned that your musical ensemble will leave Silesia in early May and then return to Hechingen. If so, I would be very pleased if you would assure me at once that I might count on some help from you.

In any event, you and your dear violin are very welcome. And besides that: 1 cello, 1 contrabass, 1 trumpeter (if he is very good) and similarly 1 good horn player, perhaps 2.

Is someone with you who plays the bass clarinet?

We would already be agreed on the terms.

My performances will be held on the 18th, 20th, and 22nd of May. The rehearsals begin on the evening of the 15th, when everyone should be here.

Please excuse my haste and send an agreeable answer soon.

Richard Wagner
Zürich, 28 April 1853

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