- Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883
- Call number
- JOB 91-38
- Physical description
- 1 item
- In German
- Preferred Citation
- Draft of letter to be written to Director Bethmann by Minna Planer, Music Division, The New York Public Library
- Music Division
- Access to materials
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As a young man, the German composer Richard Wagner was in love with actress Minna Planer who later became his first wife. Minna's standing as first tragic artist in the Magdeburg theater was being threatened by a Mme. Grabowsky. Bethmann was director of the theater. A scribbled draft in the hand of Richard Wagner of a letter for Minna Planer to send to Director Bethmann, demanding her rights as first tragic actress in the Magdeburg theater. The draft is written on the verso of a discarded letter, a rejection by Minna to an unnamed suitor. In the remaining space on the same sheet of paper, Natalie Planer (Minna's illegitimate daughter) has written an explanation of Richard Wagner's draft.
Formerly owned by Mary Banks Burrell. Cf. Catalogue of the Burrell collection of Wagner documents, letters and other biographical material. London : Nonpareil Press, 1929. Item 52.
Source of acquisitionPurchase, Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc, 1978
Richard Wagner's draft and Minna Planer's discarded letter are published, and Natalie Planer's note is described in: Richard Wagner Briefe : die Sammlung Burrell / hrsg. von John N. Burk. [Frankfurt am Main] : S. Fischer, 1953, [c1950]
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