Music: A Son Recalls

Siegfried Wagner, son of the great composer, published in Stuttgart a volume of Erinnerungen (Recollections). It is a rambling memoir, as the name implies, written by a genial, chatty man from the standpoint of one who knew the famous Richard as kind papa, and the stern Cosima as affectionate mamma.

There are accounts of youthful visits with his father to Italy, of the personality of Liszt, of encounters with the great of all varieties. There is an interesting account of the first time he heard his mother play—for during Wagner's lifetime she was so...

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