I have been compelled to leave out much interesting matter—Wagner’s trips to London, his difficulties in getting his theatre built, the financial failure of Bayreuth at first, its success afterwards. Nor can I say much about the man. He was certainly an overwhelming personality. In his train followed such really great musicians as Liszt, von Buelow, Tansig, and others. Richter was his copyist and disciple. He crushed all originality out of Jensen, and, doubtless, others. Kings and Princes were his very humble servants. And at Bayreuth he had round him a pack of fools to do his bidding, as well as a number of intelligent mediocrities, who wrote books and printed newspapers about him, inspired by the mediocrity’s ordinary ambition to become known through attaching one’s self to a famous man.
The fighting is over and done; there remain to us the glorious music dramas. After more than twenty years Wagner’s fame is still growing, and it seems impossible that it will ever wane or that he will not, in far-off times, be numbered with the greatest of the great. “He sleeps, or wakes, with the enduring dead.”
The Fairies (Die Feen).
The Flying Dutchman.
The Nibelung’s Ring, which includes:
The Dusk of the Gods.
A large number of prose essays.
Some concert overtures, including the “Faust.”
The Love-feast of the Apostles.
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