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Wagner's Beer - With Which He Intoxicated Bruckner


- or Weihanstephaner -

"In 1873, Bruckner went to Marienbad for the cure. From there, he wrote Wagner at Bayreuth, saying that unless he received anything to the contrary, he would take the liberty to call on the Master. There was no reply.......

....and so one morning, Bruckner knocked at Wagner's door."

Gustav Kietz, was present at the famous meeting of the two Austrian composers at Wagner's house, recalled:

"I only heard that music was the subject; that the strange gentleman [Bruckner] wanted to talk about the enthusiasm of the Viennese for Lohengin, and that Wagner kept stopping him, saying 'Oh, enough of that; I know all about that; a swan comes on with a knight; the same old stuff - here, have drink instead. This is splendid stuff, Weihan-Stephan', and Wagner handed him a huge, brimming glass with the words, 'Your health'"

Bruckner responded, "Oh Master, for heaven's sake, I can't possibly, it would be the death of me! I've just come from Karlsbad!".

"'Come now', cried Wagner, 'this will do you good. Drink!"

Wagner would refill Bruckner's glass again and again thru out the evening, "despite the wails and protests that comically punctuated his musical conversation".

The end result of the evening was that the next day, an apparently hung-over Bruckner couldn't remember which of the two scores that he had brought to Wagner would be the one which "the Master" had chosen for dedication: Symphony #2 or #3.

A panicked Bruckner sent a desperate note to Wagner, asking him which of the two he had favored.

And that's why I regard excessive alcohol consumption to be the height of idiocy [besides lacking interest].
Severius! Supremus Invictus

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