By Oliver Hilmes
During this meticulously researched e-book, Oliver Hilmes paints a desirable and revealing photograph of the extreme Cosima Wagner—illegitimate daughter of Franz Liszt, spouse of the conductor Hans von Bülow, then mistress and as a consequence spouse of Richard Wagner. After Wagner’s dying in 1883 Cosima performed a vital position within the promulgation and politicization of his works, assuming keep an eye on of the Bayreuth competition and reworking it right into a shrine to German nationalism. The excessive Priestess of the Wagnerian cult, Cosima lived on for nearly fifty years, crafting clone of Richard Wagner via her organizational skill and ideological tenacity.
The first ebook to use the to be had documentation at Bayreuth, this biography explores the achievements of this notable and obsessive girl whereas illuminating a still-hidden bankruptcy of ecu cultural historical past.
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