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Mathilde Wesendonck: Isolde's Dream

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Truly great compositions spring, like Athena from Zeus' skull, 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 story of Mathilde Wesendonck, muse and paramour to Richard Wagner and, later, Johannes Brahms. Alma Mahler, eat your heart out. In or about August ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Amadeus Press (first published January 1st 1992)
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Sep 20, 2011
Mark Golden
"A biography is not a novel," Cabaud begins, before going on to insist that this novel is a true story, and attempting to make the case that it is reliable as biography because so much of it is drawn, verbatim, from the protagonists' own words, expressed in their own voices.

Of course, the challenge any author faces in trying to truthfully capture the complex and creatively fruitful relationship between Wagner and Mathilde Wesendonck is the fact that only one side of the conversation that actuall
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