Wagner Collection in Tribschen
The exhibition on the life and work of Richard Wagner can be viewed
on the ground level of the manor. Various exhibits of historic photographs
and paintings are on display in five rooms on this level, together
with a valuable collection of original manuscripts (letters and musical
scores). Several items of Wagner's clothing, as well as pieces of
furniture from his stay, have been preserved and are also on display.
A bronze casting of the well-known Wagner bust by Friedrich Schaper
can also be seen and, last but not least, the gem of the collection:
his Erard grand piano from Paris.
The score for Siegfried Idyll is one of the most important exhibits
on display. Richard Wagner composed this piece, which he originally
called Tribschener Idyll, as a symphonic birthday greeting for his
wife Cosima for her 33rd birthday. It premiered on the manor's staircase
in Tribschen on 25 December 1870. On her birthday, Cosima was awakened
by the gentle sound of the "Idyll".