By Franz & Wagner Richard Liszt, Francis Hueffer
Francis Hueffer (1845-89) used to be born and studied track in Germany, yet moved to London in 1869 to pursue a profession as a critic and author on song. He edited the sequence 'The nice Musicians' for Novello and Co., used to be track critic of the days, wrote libretti for a few now-forgotten operas, and was once an early suggest and interpreter to the British of Wagner. in addition to writing Wagner in his personal 'Great Musicians' sequence (1881), and Richard Wagner and the song of the long run (1874), he translated the correspondence of Wagner and Liszt. This attention-grabbing two-volume choice, released in 1888, covers the interval 1841-61. Hueffer indications in his preface the significance to Wagner of the encouragement of Liszt - a longtime performer whilst Wagner used to be slightly recognized and generally ridiculed, a musical mentor, an enthusiastic critic and finally a better half's father.
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That the performance of my opera would not answer my expectations is the least thing I fear; for from firm conviction I have the most favourable opinion of what diligence and goodwill can do, while I know, on the other hand, how little without these two the amplest resources can achieve for true art. As I can be certain of these 12 CORRESPONDENCE OF chief requirements at your theatre, I feel justified in offering to you, all others concerned, and especially my friend Liszt, my best thanks in advance; and no excessive anxiety shall trouble me.
I talked to you in Weimar of a salary of three hundred thalers which I should wish to ask of the Grand Duchess for my operas, alterations of the same, and the like. If perhaps the Duke of Coburg and possibly even the Princess of Prussia were to add something, I would willingly surrender my whole artistic activity to these three protectors as a kind of equivalent, and they would have the satisfaction of having kept me free and ready for my art. I cannot ask for myself nor find the proper form for the necessary agreement, but you can, and you and your intercession will succeed.
Dear Liszt, do not cease to be my friend; have patience with me, and take me as I am. A thousand compliments to the Princess, and thank her in my name for the kind memory she has preserved of me; she may find it difficult to remain my friend. Be healthy and happy, and let me soon hear some of your works, even as I promise you on my part. Farewell, and take my cordial thanks for your constancy and friendship. Your RICHARD WAGNER. ZURICH, July qth, 1849. WAGNER AND LISZT. 39 23. MY DEAR LISZT, Are you in a good temper ?