RICHARD WAGNER, MY LIFE, Vol. III
Wagner, My Life, Vol. III (480 pp.)Richard Wagner, the eminent 19th century German composer, has left a permanent mark in the history of classical music with masterpieces such as “Tristan and Isolde”, Tannhauser”, “Lohengrin”, “The Flying Dutchman”. “Parsifal”, and, above all, “Das Ring des Nibelungen”. Nevertheless, the life of this inspired composer was anything but tranquil.His “extreme” political ideas; the multitude of his love affairs; and his prodigal life that resulted in the constant accumulation of debts, have turned him into a fascinating historical figure. In the pages of the present three volume autobiography of his, the author narrates vividly his life. Volume three covers the years 1850-1861 relating to Wagner’s stay in Switzerland and Venice; his estrangement from his first wife and the composition of some of his brilliant works, such as “Lohengrin”, “Das Rheingold” and “Tristan and Isolde”.