By Oliver Hilmes
In this meticulously researched publication, Oliver Hilmes paints a desirable and revealing photo of the intense Cosima Wagner—illegitimate daughter of Franz Liszt, spouse of the conductor Hans von Bülow, then mistress and in this case spouse of Richard Wagner. After Wagner’s demise in 1883 Cosima performed an important position within the promulgation and politicization of his works, assuming keep an eye on of the Bayreuth pageant and remodeling it right into a shrine to German nationalism. The excessive Priestess of the Wagnerian cult, Cosima lived on for nearly fifty years, crafting identical to Richard Wagner via her organizational skill and ideological tenacity.
The first ebook to use the on hand documentation at Bayreuth, this biography explores the achievements of this outstanding and obsessive girl whereas illuminating a still-hidden bankruptcy of ecu cultural heritage.
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I am convinced that you will soon get to know her so well that you will come to value and love her for the good that her guidance will bring to my children. ’50 It broke Anna Liszt’s heart to have to give up the grandchildren she loved so much and to move into a smaller apartment in the Rue Penthièvre. Her household was broken up, and part of its contents, including Liszt’s library, was handed over to the children’s new governess. Louise Adélaïde Patersi de Fossombroni’s teaching programme was as terrifying as her name.
But she seems to have achieved her aim: Cosima had understood that disorder – in this context synonymous with disobedience – could have the most ‘terrible consequences’. qxp 11/21/10 2:05 PM Page 21 A C H I L D H O O D W I T H O U T PA R E N T S 21 feelings – least of all Liszt and the princess – and so they vented those feelings of unhappiness in the form of the written word. Blandine’s unpublished papers, now in the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris, include a number of amusing and yet depressing plays that throw light on the intellectually cramped conﬁnes of the Rue Casimir Périer.
It takes a while to climb to the fourth ﬂoor. But it’s funny to see how seriously these women are taking it – it’s as if a murder had been committed. COSIMA: Yes, but a moral murder, as Patersi would say. The conversation is interrupted by the arrival of the Policeman. MADAME DE SAINT-MARS (to the Policeman, respectfully): What’s got into you, calling on us this morning like this? THE POLICEMAN (calmly): I’ve come because a wet facecloth fell from the fourth ﬂoor. MADAME DE SAINT-MARS: You’re wrong.
Cosima Wagner: The Lady of Bayreuth by Oliver Hilmes