“[…] my lessons with Weinlig ended within less than six months. He himself dismissed me from his tuition, having brought me so far that I was capable of solving the most difficult exercises in counterpoint with ease […] In the same six months I also composed an overture (Overture in C major) inspired by Beethoven, who, by now, I understood far better, which was played at a concert at the Leipzig Gewandhaus to encouraging applause”.
Autobiographical notes in: Richard Wagner: Sämtliche Schriften und Dichtungen. Volksausgabe Band 1. Breitkopf & Härtel Verlag, Leipzig, 1915, p. 7 f.