Music: Backtalk to Bayreuth

In the Bavarian village of Bayreuth there lies dying of old age the widow of the late great Wilhelm Richard Wagner. Among the neighbors an air of secrecy pervades regarding her condition. She is rarely rational—that much is known. And on warm, sunshiny days she may sometimes be seen lying on a balcony over-looking the garden and Wagner's grave.

Slowly, tediously is passing Cosima Wagner, once the high-handed daughter of Composer Franz Liszt, once the wife of Composer Hans von Bulow. It was while married to von Bulow that she met Richard...

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