Richard Wagner

Synopsis: The story of the great German composer, from his childhood through his great triumphs in orchestral and operatic music.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Production: Klaw & Erlanger
 
IMDB:
6.5
Year:
1913
110 min
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A film biography of the 100th Anniversary

of the birth of The Great Master.

Part One:
His youth.

Eight years old, Richard Wagner is present at the death of his stepfather,

Ludwig Geyer, whose last words are: "Will Richard be musically gifted?"

Two years later, Richard spends an important night in Leipzig with his Uncle Adolf an Aunt

Frederike, sleeping in the ceremonial bed of August "the Strong" in the home of Jeannette Thom.

At the age of 17, Wagner studies

with Cantor Weinlich in Leipzig.

At a celebratory dinner by Polish revolutionaries fleeing

to Paris, Wagner discovers his talent for conducting.

In 1834 Wagner, now 21 years of age, takes on his first employment as conductor at Lauchtstdt - as he

had fallen in love at first sight, with the beautiful Minna Planer, the star of the theatre company.

The conductor gets engaged to the Minna

Planer - under extraordinary circumstances.

On 24. November 1836, Wagner leads his wife into their future home. To furnish it, Wagner has

incurred substantial debts, which is a great source of worry to the the practical Minna.

Invoice For the esteemed conductor Wagner at Knigsberg for

furnishing a domicile: 247 Reichstaler Blankenstein, Furniture Maker.

Part Two:

Years of constant travelling

Wagner is pursued by his creditios as far as Riga, where he has, since 1838, become conuctor

of the Theatre. As he doesn't possess a passport, he is forced to escape in secret.

Dear Wagner, Return fortwith! The police are in your

house, Minna is in despair. Your friend Mller.

In 1839, he lees from

Russia by sea to Paris.

The tumultuous journey by sea gives him

the ideas for his "The Flying Dutchman".

In Paris, Wagner plays his opera "Rienzi" for the composer Meyerbeer, who

gives him a letter of recommendation to the Director of the Grand Opera.

My exteemed Duponchel! Herewith I recommend to you the young Wagner and his opera

"Rienzi". Please take on its production! The opera is brilliant! Meyerbeer.

Meyerbeer's letter of recommendation,

however, has no effect on Director Duponchel.

Wagner visit the composer Liszt in his hotel

to get support, likewise without success.

Wagner is increasingly in need of help. "The Flying Dutchman" is tormenting his spirit,

and Minna's complaints are leading him to despair. He close to breaking-point...

Leipzig 26. February 1842 Dear Richard! I have just been informed that your opera "Rienzi" has been accepted by the

Royal Court Opera in Dresden. Come here at once; I enclose the money for your journey Your brother in law, Brockhaus.

On 20. October 1842, Wagner's "Rienzi" is performed by

the Royal Opera in Dresden and is a resounding success.

At the age of 30, Richard Wagner becomes

the Royal Court conductor in Dresen.

In an optimistic mood, he furnishes his house luxuriously,

which again instils fear and trepidation in Minna.

On 2. January 1843, however, Wagner's position is severely unnerved

by the premiere of "The Flying Dutchman" which is a fiasco.

This and other new worries

affect his musical endeavours.

Complaints about Wagner lead the Intendant Von Lttichau to

admonish him sternly and to inform him of the King's displeasure.

To our Indentant Our conductor Wagner appears to have formed the opinion by

overestimating his own talent, that he is on a par with the great Meyerbeer.

Consequently, he has made such grave mistakes that it would

certainly be worth considering to ask him to offer his resignation.

On the other hand, his zeal and extraordinary achievements, which

have been brought to our notice, warrant giving him another chance.

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William Wauer

William Wauer (1866–1962) was a German sculptor and film director of the silent era. In 1913 he co-directed the biopic Richard Wagner (1913). In 1915 he directed The Tunnel the first adaptation of Bernhard Kellermann's science fiction novel Der Tunnel. more…

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