Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Australia

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Australia

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Becoming Wagnerites: Richard Wagner (1813-1883) and Australia. Exhibition to 19 December 2013--Baillieu Library, Parkville Campus, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. http://library.unimelb.edu.au/wagner_ exhibition/wagner_exhibition

The exhibition Becoming Wagnerites embraces both an early performance history of Wagner's music in Australia, especially Melbourne, and some of the Australian musicians, primarily singers, in whose international careers the music of Richard Wagner resonated. It features concert programs and includes memorabilia from performances of Wagner's music in the concert hall, including those of G.W.L. Marshall-Hall, and of the staged performances by visiting opera companies, which culminated in the first complete Ring in 1913. The exhibition also features expatriate performers of Wagner's music, such as singers Nellie Melba, Marjorie Lawrence and Florence Austral, and pianist Bruce Hungerford, and explores some of Percy Grainger's ideas about Richard Wagner. Also displayed are early Wagner scores from the rare collections of the Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library.

The exhibition's starting point and certainly a highlight is an original letter from Richard Wagner in 1877 to a German-born Melbourne-resident music lover who had written to him about the first performances of Lohengrin. Wagner's letter includes a directive to have his operas performed in English in Englishspeaking countries, interesting as Wagner was not consistently pro-translation. …

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