Tribschen is best known today as the home of the German composer Richard Wagner from 30 March 1866 to 22 April 1872. When Wagner was obliged to leave Munich in March 1866, he moved to a spacious villa in Tribschen on a headland projecting into Lake Lucerne. It was while he was living here that Wagner completed the score of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, composed his “Emperor March” and the third act of Siegfried, and began Götterdämmerung. It was also at Tribschen that he composed his Siegfried Idyll as a birthday gift to his second wife, Cosima, who had recently given birth to the couple’s first son Siegfried. The Idyll was performed for the first time on Christmas Eve, 24 December 1870 (Cosima’s thirty-third birthday) by an ensemble of fifteen players on the stairs of the villa. Today Wagner’s villa at Tribschen is a museum.
Rhapsody in Blue; Mark Brittain Heads for Lucerne, the Swiss City That Inspired Wagner and Which to This Day Is a Magnet for Music Lovers
Apr 29, 2006; 'I LOOK at the mountain some mornings," said my guide, "and know that this is what Wagner must have been looking at when he...