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Date: 07.12.2016

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The young Richard Wagner - Leipzig 1813–1834

 
 
 
 
In 1827 Richard’s sister, Louise, accepted an engagement at the Leipzig Theatre and therefore moved from Breslau to Leipzig. Their mother and the younger siblings seized the opportunity to leave Dresden and to return to their home town. Richard also moved back to his home town of Dresden. The partly reunified Wagner family moved into a residence in Leipzig’s Pichhof. This site arose in 1704 when the city prohibited citizens from sealing their own beer barrels with tar (known as “Pichen”). For reasons of fire risk, “Pichen” was no longer meant to take place in the city centre. A yard, specially dedicated to this, named the Pichhof, was situated beyond the Halle Gate, to the east of Gerber Gasse, roughly on the grounds of the present-day Leipzig Central Station. Richard Wagner’s mother and his sisters managed to establish a warm and comfortable home for the whole family here and even to turn it into a meeting point for artists.
 
 
“Thus, Rosalie became the driving force in the fatherless house in economic terms, as well as in the artistic and social sense. Her artistic personality drew great men into the sphere of the otherwise humble Pichhof. Even the acclaimed Marschner, who had experienced success with his great works, came by here and reinforced the impression that he had already made on the susceptible youth with his works”.

Lange, Walter: Richard Wagner und seine Vaterstadt Leipzig, C.G.W. Siegel‘s Musikalienhandlung (R. Linnemann), Leipzig, 1921, p. 52.
 
View of the Halle Gate, as seen from the west, around 1820. The weighhouse is in the middle, and, to the right of this, the Pichhof can be seen in the background. Drawing by Johann Jacob Wagner, engraved by Carl August Richter (Museum of City History, Lei
View of the Halle Gate, as seen from the west, around 1820. The weighhouse is in the middle, and, to the right of this, the Pichhof can be seen in the background. Drawing by Johann Jacob Wagner, engraved by Carl August Richter (Museum of City History
 
View of the old town at the Halle Gate. This is how the area looked in front of the Pichhof, still Wagner’s residence at the start of the 19th century. Coloured etching by Carl Benjamin Schwarz, 1784 (Museum of City History, Leipzig) - Richard ist Leipzig
View of the old town at the Halle Gate. This is how the area looked in front of the Pichhof, still Wagner’s residence at the start of the 19th century. Coloured etching by Carl Benjamin Schwarz, 1784 (Museum of City History, Leipzig)
 
 
 
Source: Ein Leipziger (Leipzig Cultural Foundation)