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At St. Thomas School with Theodor Weinlig

The young Richard Wagner - Leipzig 1813–1834

 
 
 
 
St Thomas School, photograph from 1875. Weinlig’s working and living rooms were situated in the left-hand part of the building
After having wantonly neglected his classes at St. Nicholas School and eventually no longer having attended lessons for six months, Wagner left the school in 1830 as there was no prospect that the school would support him in his desire to go to university. During Easter 1830 he switched to St Thomas School. He left the school without a diploma in order to enrol at the University of Leipzig as a “studiosus musicæ” on 23rd February 1831. He went back to St. Thomas School one more time as a student of Christian Theodor Weinlig (1780–1842), the then cantor of St. Thomas School. The composition lessons he took with Weinlig turned Wagner into a serious student of music.
 
 
“[…] 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.
 
Cantor at St. Thomas School, Christian Theodor Weinlig (1780–1842), archive of the St. Thomas Boys’ Choir - Richard ist Leipziger - Ein Leipziger  (Quelle: Kulturstiftung Leipzig)
Cantor at St. Thomas School, Christian Theodor Weinlig (1780–1842), archive of the St. Thomas Boys’ Choir
 
The St. Thomas churchyard around 1830. Colour lithograph by Adolph Werl (Museum of City History, Leipzig) 1: Schneiderherberge 2:St. Thomas School 3: St. Thomas Church - Richard ist Leipziger - Ein Leipziger (Source: Leipzig Cultural Foundation)
 
 
 
Source: Ein Leipziger (Leipzig Cultural Foundation)