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Date: 07.12.2016

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The Old St. Nicholas School

The young Richard Wagner - Leipzig 1813–1834

 
 
 
 
St. Nicholas churchyard with the St Nicholas School. Photo: Hermann Walter 1879 (Museum of City History, Leipzig). In 1872, the followers of St. Nicholas Church moved into a new building in the street today known as Goldschmidtstraße (destroyed in Wo
On 14th March 1498, Leipzig City Council finally decided to found a citizen school in the St. Nicholas churchyard. A document shows that as early as 1395, Pope Boniface IX had already given his consent to founding such a school. Up to this point, the only school existing in Leipzig was the St. Thomas ecclesiastical school at the Augustinian monastery, formed in 1212. The schoolhouse at Nikolaikirchhof 2 was eventually able to open in 1512. The first school master in 1512/13 was Johannes Rumpfer, who simultaneously acted as dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University. In addition to Richard Wagner, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Christian Thomasius and Johann Gottfried Seume, as well as Guido Theodor Apel, who was a close friend of Wagner’s, also attended the school. The simple building with its Spartan furnishing was modified and extended several times throughout the centuries. The classical auditorium on the 2nd floor (Richard Wagner Hall) came into being in 1827, presumably under the direction of the Director of Town Planning, August Wilhelm Kanne (1783–1827). Its sparse architectural wall structure was rebuilt during the building‘s renovation and restoration in the years 1991–1994 (according to findings). Richard Wagner must have seen this hall in roughly this arrangement, but with school desks (as the room was used for normal school activities as well as festivities) when he was registered at St. Nicholas School on 21st January 1828.
 
 
“I left […] Dresden and the Kreuzschule, and went to Leipzig. At the St. Nicholas School there, I was put in the eighth class, after having already been in the eleventh class at the Kreuzschule in Dresden; this circumstance enraged me so much that from then on I abandoned all love of philological studies. I became lazy and dissolute, only my great tragedy remained dear to my heart”.

Richard Wagner: Autobiographical notes in: Richard Wagner: Sämtliche Schriften und Dichtungen. Volksausgabe Band 1. Breitkopf & Härtel Verlag, Leipzig, 1915, S. 5 f.
 
School rules of St. Nicholas School from 1716, title page
School rules of St. Nicholas School from 1716, title page
 
“Wilh. Richard Wagner, Lipsiensis”, Richard Wagner’s registration entry at St. Nicholas original school foundation in Leipzig in 1828)
“Wilh. Richard Wagner, Lipsiensis”, Richard Wagner’s registration entry at St. Nicholas original school foundation in Leipzig in 1828)
 
 
 
Source: Ein Leipziger (Leipzig Cultural Foundation)