The Richard Wagner Museum Bayreuth
On the occasion of the reopening of the Richard Wagner Museum Bayreuth, a publication was issued which gives insights into the comprehensive new conception of the Museum. In words and pictures, all the phases of the project are illustrated and explained – renovation, new construction and redesign – as well as the conception of the new Richard Wagner Museum, with the three areas dealing with the life and works of Richard Wagner in Wahnfried House, the ideological history in the Siegfried Wagner House and the permanent exhibition around the history of the Bayreuth Festival.
The book is published by Deutscher Kunstverlag and is available in the Richard Wagner Museum shop for 9,90 €.
The magazine “wagnerspectrum” is an open-minded platform for international Wagner research, positioned as a central forum for discussion about Richard Wagner, his works and their reception. The magazine’s aim is to bring together interdisciplinary research, analysis and debate around the person of Richard Wagner as well as his works, and their reception in such diverse areas as music, the theatre, literature, politics and philosophy, both in an historical and present-day context.
wagnerspectrum is published by Udo Bermbach (University of Hamburg), Dieter Borchmeyer (Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts), Sven Friedrich (Director, Richard Wagner Museum Bayreuth), Hans-Joachim Hinrichsen (University of Zurich), Arne Stollberg (University of Basle) and Nicholas Vazsonyi (University of South Carolina).
Scientific Advisory Board:
Werner Breig (Germany), Brian Coghlan (Australia), Sieghart Döhring (Germany), Saul Friedländer (Israel/USA), Lydia Goehr (USA), Thomas Grey (USA), Ulrich Konrad (Germany), Jean-Jacques Nattiez (Canada), Hannu Salmi (Finland), Egon Voss (Germany), Stewart Spencer (United Kingdom).
The Complete Works of Richard Wagner
The Complete Works of Richard Wagner for the first time makes the entire musical oeuvre of Wagner available in reliable editions. At the beginning of the last century , an initial attempt was made at compiling Wagner’s works for scientific and practical purposes by conductor Michael Balling. This got no further than a ten-volume edition, and contained several grave errors. After Balling’s death (1925) the project was discontinued. A further try by Otto Strobel got stuck in the preliminary phase. This third attempt at a compilation of Wagner’s complete works is the first critical, scientifically sound edition, based on all available sources and the latest Wagner research findings. It is also intended to be used for practical performance purposes, so the sheet music has no philological annotations. The philological justifications for the edition are contained in separate critical reports which appear at the end of each individual volume.
Many hitherto unknown and some unpublished works – especially versions of works – appear here for the first time. In addition, the compilation provides Wagner productions and Wagner researchers and enthusiasts with an authentic text source; contrary to widely perceived notions, even Wagner’s well-known works have not always been published in reliable editions. In extensive documentation accompanying all the works, the origins, history and Wagner’s own productions are illustrated, providing an almost seamless picture of Wagner’s intentions.
The work on the edition is funded by the Union of German Academies of Science, represented by the Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz, with funds from the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, Bonn, and the Bavarian State Ministry for Science, Research and Art, Munich.
Richard Wagner Collected Letters
Since March 1997, work has been in progress on a complete edition of the collected letters of Richard Wagner. The task is a continuation of the temporarily halted edition of “Richard Wagner: Collected Letters ” (9 volumes, Leipzig 1967 – 2000). Since early 2006, this long-term project has been supported by the German Research Society (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG). It will be issued by the Richard Wagner Foundation, Bayreuth.
This edition is based on a complete catalogue of Richard Wagner’s letters, compiled between 1993 and 1997 as part of a project at the Institute of Musicology, University of Bochum, supported by the German Research Society (DFG). The Catalogue of Wagner’s Correspondence (Wagner-Briefe-Verzeichnis, WBV ) was issued in autumn 1998 by Breitkopf & Härtel in Wiesbaden. The database is being continually updated and expanded during the compilation of the collected letters. We welcome any information regarding documents handwritten by Wagner, autographs etc. that might come to light in libraries, archives or private collections.
1997-2003: Society of Friends of Bayreuth (Gesellschaft der Freunde von Bayreuth), Bavarian State Foundation (Bayrische Landesstiftung), Upper Franconian Foundation (Oberfrankenstiftung), Cultural Foundation of the Federal German States (Kulturstiftung der Länder)
2004-2005: Upper Franconian Foundation (Oberfrankenstiftung), German Research Society (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG), Ernst von Siemens Musical Foundation
From 2006: German Research Society (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG), Upper Franconian Foundation
Scientific Advisory Board:
Prof. Dr. Dieter Borchmeyer (Heidelberg), Prof. Dr. Werner Breig (Erlangen), Prof. Dr. Sieghart Doehring (Thurnau), Dr. Sven Friedrich (Bayreuth), Prof. Dr. Andreas Haug (Erlangen), Prof. Dr. Ulrich Konrad (Wuerzburg), Prof. Dr. Norbert Oellers (Bonn), Prof. Dr. Siegfried Scheibe (Berlin), Dr. Egon Voss (Munich), Eva Wagner-Pasquier (Bayreuth), Katharina Wagner (Bayreuth).
Richard Wagner Foundation, Bayreuth
Prof. Dr. Andreas Haug
Dr. Martin Duerrer
Dr. Angela Steinsiek
University of Wuerzburg
Institute for Musicology
13, Domerschul St
Richard Wagner Writings
Subject Matter of the Project
Apart from his compositions, Richard Wagner (1813–1883) also left a substantial body of literary work. He not only wrote the dramatic texts of his own operas, but also penned an extensive number of manuscripts in which he dealt with such topics as art, history, philosophy and religion, as well as politics and social issues. These writings range from short commentaries of less than a page to expansive treatises.
Created over half a century, the oeuvre of – to quote Wagner – “compositions” and “writings“ is an integral part of the complete works of the artist. With this in mind, in the last ten years of his life, Wagner himself also published nine volumes of collected writings and literature (1871 – 1873). This was a collection of scattered, previously published works varying widely in function, content and ambition, that he edited or rewrote for the collected edition. The edition, collated by Wagner himself, was what constituted the foundation of the overall reception of his literary thinking, and lay behind many posthumous publications.
While the “compositions“ in the Complete Works of Richard Wagner (Richard Wagner. Collected Works) have been edited to scrupulous scientific standards, and are available in the B series volumes (documents and texts), his “writings” have still today, 130 years after the composer’s death, not been published in an edition that could satisfy similarly stringent standards – this remains a pressing need for research.
In this interdisciplinary research proposal planned to span 16 years starting in 2013, for the first time, the entire estate of around 230 of Richard Wagner’s texts – comprising a total of more than 4000 pages – will be philologically opened up, using all the historical text evidence bequeathed. The documentary basis for this undertaking is the “Wagner – Catalogue of Writings” (Wagner-Schriften-Verzeichnis, WSV) project, currently in the final stages of preparation and funded by the German Research Society (DFG), which for the first time will include a bibliography of all sources concerning the creation and publishing of the writings.
The aim is to create a complete, historico-critical edition of the writings with extensive commentary in a so-called hybrid edition. Apart from the traditional print medium, it will also utilize all appropriate forms of digital data capture, processing and presentation to the most up-to-date scientific standards. The intention is to publish annotated “readers’ volumes”on the one hand, and on the other, an electronic edition with critical apparatus as well as explanatory text and picture material to the printed comments.
Scientific and Research Associates:
Dr. Margret Jestremski (Programme Head), Dr. Christa Jost
Annalisa Fischer M.A., PD Dr. Joerg Paulus, Torsten Roeder M.A., Dr. Birgit Schmidt, Dr. Bettina Schwemer
The research project is part of the academic programme of the Union of German Academies for Sciences and Humanities (Union der Deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften) located at the Academy for Sciences and Literature, Mainz (Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz).