Author Judith Cabaud will be here to read a little of her newly released book, Mathilde Wesendonck, Isolde’s Dream, and discuss the fascinating story of Mathilde Wesendonck, muse and paramour to German composer Richard Wagner.
She will also share stories of her research, family and life from Brooklyn to France.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
Refreshments served. There will be a raffle prize!
Truly great compositions originate at the juncture of genius and passion. In Mathilde Wesendonck, Isolde’s Dream, author Judith Cabaud calls on a host of heretofore undiscovered resources to tell the fascinating story of Mathilde Wesendonck, muse and paramour to Richard Wagner. In 1857, Richard Wagner’s character changed. He abandoned Der Ring des Nibelungen, the work of art he had begun composing nearly a decade earlier, tore through a short set of songs now known as the Wesendonck Lieder, and dove headlong into Tristan und Isolde, an opera whose seminal influence would ricochet down the ensuing century of Western romantic music. Why the dramatic shift? Wagner had been struck by lightning - her name was Mathilde Wesendonck and this is her story of love, fidelity and sacrifice.