1 page, 4to (27.7 x 22.5cm), integral autograph address panel, with attestation of authenticity by Tichatschek to the left of the letter-text ("Es bedarf wohl keines besseren Beweises, daß vorstehender Brief von R. Wagner geschrieben ist. 1879 Joseph Tichatschek"), [Dresden,] Monday, half-past two, [17 October?] 1842, some staining and browning, half of the address panel, presumably blank, cut away, old repair to outer edge of integral, a few tiny tears
The famous première was described thus by Ernest Newman, based on Wagner's own account of the evening in his autobiography Mein Leben:
"...Wagner sat in a pit-box with Minna, the Heine family, and his sister Klara, who, with all her stage illusions shattered and all her hopes from that quarter vanished, was now dragging out a bourgeois existence in Dresden...Wagner sat for most of the time in one of those semi-cataleptic states that were frequent with him in moments of crisis. At the large audience he did not dare to look; its torrential applause affected him, he says, like some stupendous natural phenomenon, such as a storm of rain. From his own work he stood completely aloof; it neither gave him pleasure nor created any anxiety in him; he was in a somnambulistic state in which he appeared to be watching an event with which he had no personal connection; and at the end of each act he had to be roused by Heine and driven on to the stage to acknowledge the applause..." (Ernest Newman, The Life of Richard Wagner, i (R/1976), p.341.)
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