Sunday, June 7 (7th of June 1874)

Cosima Wagner Tagebücher

R. drinks his Marienbad water every morning, and it does him good. I go to church for the installation of a new parson by the dean. R. reads the dismal announcement of Marie Muchanoff’s death in the newspaper, and wonders whether he should write about her— but how? He says one might be as clever as a serpent or as harmless as a dove, it would still be feigned, and that inhibited him. I beg him to do it. — 

“The only possible church nowadays,” R. says today, “is music, with Beethoven as the high priest.” — Return of R[ichter], who brings good news regarding our undertaking, whereas his reports of performances of Der Freischütz in Dresden and Lohengrin in Berlin are horrifying. In the evening J. Rubinstein, who in the way of Jews has copied all sorts of things from my father, much to his own advantage.

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