Read online: The Richard Wagner/Mathilde Wesendonck Letters

Written By The Wagnerian on Tuesday, 9 October 2012 | 7:08:00 pm

"Since yesterday I have been occupied with the Tristan again. I'm in the second act still, but—what music it's becoming! I could work my whole life long at this music alone. O, it grows deep and fair, and the sublimest marvels fit so supply to the sense; I have never made a thing like this! But I also am melting away in this music ; I'll hear of no more, when it's finished. In it will I live for aye, and with me—" RW to MW

Tannhauser, Lohengrin, Nibelungs, Wodan—all existed earlier in my head than my experience. But the marvelous relation in which I stand to the Tristan now, you will easily perceive yourself: I say it openly, since it is an observation due to the initiated mind, though not to the world, that never has an idea so definitely passed into experience.  RW to MW

We are attempting to produce a readable epub/kindle version of this book - the one made available by Google as part of this project is filled with scanning errors. It is taking longer then we would have hoped. On compilation we shall attempt to make it available.