1 April – 30 November 2019
150 years ago, Siegfried Wagner (6 June 1869 – 4 August 1930) was born in the country manor on Lake Lucerne. The current exhibition gives an insight into the life of the only son of Richard Wagner. He was an opera composer and the artistic director of the Bayreuth Festival from 1908 to 1930. Siegfried Richard Wagner, nicknamed "Fidi," was born to Richard Wagner and his future wife Cosima (née Liszt). Through his mother, he was a grandson of Franz Liszt.
Life and work of Richard Wagner
This exhibition highlighting the life and work of Richard Wagner is on the ground floor of the museum. A collection of historical photographs and paintings are on display in five rooms, as well as a precious collection of original manuscripts. The exhibition also features memorabilia from Wagner, including items of his clothing and furniture, the famous cast-bronze Wagner bust by Friedrich Schaper and the true gem of the collection: his Erard grand piano from Paris, dating from 1858.
The musical score to the "Siegfried Idyll" is one of the most important exhibits on display here. Richard Wagner composed a serenade transcribed with "Tribschener Idyll" for his wife Cosima on her 33rd birthday. It premiered on the stairs in the Tribschen manor on 25 December 1870. Cosima was thus awakened on her birthday by the gentle sound of the "Idyll".
The exhibition veritably comes alive with a public guided tour and concert on the Erard grand piano.