Tag Archives: Cosima Wagner

La Fenice – The Phoenix, Venice’s inflammable Opera House

  The Phoenix and the Carpet, The Flight of the Phoenix, Dumbledore’s pet phoenix –  the phoenix, a mythical bird which rises from the ashes of its predecessor, has a special place in literature. But no Phoenix is more true … Continue reading

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And so to Italy…

Fast-forward to August 1837. Liszt and Marie d’Agoult are crossing the Simplon Pass from Switzerland to Italy. They have visited their daughter Blandine, en route; she lives with a foster family. Marie is pregnant with their second child, who will … Continue reading

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Christmas trees – particularly Liszt’s

My Liszt researches haven’t yet revealed details of his Christmas traditions, but his daughter Cosima was born on Christmas Eve, 1837, although her birthday was celebrated on Christmas Day. Later, with children of her own, she often writes in her diary of her own … Continue reading

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