“A jew of richest specific talentfulle”

Throughout his life, richard wagner maintained an ambivalent relationship with felix mendelssohn bartholdy – from his first contact with him in april 1836 to his last stay in venice in 1882/83. Cosima wagner still reports in her last diary that he also sang some of the "songs without words" in the lagoon city played by mendelssohn on the piano. And two years after he published his pamphlet "judenthum in der musik" ("judaism in music") when he released his second report, he told his wife: "no one would believe what a mute i am, i can’t transpose at all. (…) mendelssohn was beaten over the head with his hands."

Felix mendelssohn bartholdy, who died on 3. Born in hamburg on january 1809, he was, in wagner’s eyes, as martin geck describes it in his new book, "a lucky jewish child named felix: banker’s son, ideal parental home, tutor of the finest education, the blessing of old goethe. Not to mention his artistic career: the eleven-year-old receives as a birthday present a performance of his singspiel ‘soldatenliebschaft’ with members of the royal chapel free of charge- the seventeen-year-old is the talk of the town with the ingenious overture to shakespeare’s ‘midsummer night’s dream’; and on the occasion of the epochal revival of the ‘matthauspassion’ half of berlin pays its respects to the twenty-year-old."

"Wagner", geck continues "who will lament the ‘pauvretat’ of his parental home for the rest of his life, arrives in paris a few years after mendelssohn – not on an even keel, however, but on the run from his believers. And even after his appointment as dresden kapellmeister, hedgehog mendelssohn was able to tell the rabbit wagner his ‘ick bun all hier!For the four-year-old has long been not only the director of the gewandhaus concerts, but since june 1841 also the conductor at the dresden court without any permanent obligations. What would have become of wagner if mendelssohn had decided to take up a full post in dresden at that time??"

The fact that the two were never direct competitors must therefore be seen as a stroke of luck. Otherwise, wagner’s omissions in his "judenbroschure" were, the contents of which he first wrote under the pseudonym K. Freigedank 1850 in the "neue zeitschrift fur musik" (new journal for music) published, perhaps even worse turned out: ‘this one, writes wagner in reference to mendelssohn bartholdy, who was already no longer alive at that time "has shown us that a jew can be of the richest specific talentfulness, possess the finest and most varied education, the most heightened, tenderest feeling of honor, without ever being able, through the help of all these gifts, to produce even once the deep, heart and soul-gripping effect on us which we expect from the arts,
because we know them capable of it, because we have felt this effect countless times, as soon as a heros of our art, so to say, only opens his mouth to speak to us."

"Only there", wagner continues "where the pressing feeling of this inability seems to take possession of the composer’s mood, and pushes him to the expression of soft and melancholy resignation, mendelssohn is able to present himself to us characteristically, characteristically in the subjective sense of a tender-souled individuality that admits its impotence in the face of impossibility. This is, as we have said, the tragic trait in mendelssohn’s appearance."

As a precautionary measure, it should be added that wagner wrote to his famous colleague on 11. In 1836, mendelssohn sent the manuscript of the score of his symphony in C major as a gift, which has since been lost. It was only during later research that an incomplete vocal score of the work, composed in 1832, was found in dresden, arranged and augmented by anton seidl. Wagner conducted this his youth symphony for cosima’s 45th birthday. Birthday in december 1882 at the teatro la fenice for the last time.

Even if this gift campaign may have aroused initial resentment against mendelssohn bartholdy, even if wagner may have resented the fact that the performance of the "tannhauser"-1846 overture by mendelssohn bartholdy in the leipzig gewandhaus concert was a failure: it is a fact that wagner treasured him as a composer and used him in his columbus overture and in "lohengrin-brautchor horbar quoted extensively – if not plagiarized.

It remains to mention that 190 years ago today, gioacchino rossini’s opera "semiramide" was performed in venice a production that was still on the program 35 years later at the teatro san benedetto, and which richard wagner had performed during his first visit to venice in 29 years. August 1858 to 24. Marz 1859, as he noted in his annals and as oswald georg bauer wrote in his standard work "richard wagner goes to the theater more detailed description.

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