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The old St. John’s cemetery

The young Richard Wagner 1813 - 1834

 
 
 
 
The history of the old St. John’s cemetery begins in 1278. Hygiene reasons and, in particular, the frequent occurrence of the plague were decisive factors influencing Duke George’s decree of 1536, designating God’s Acre as the city’s only burial ground. The last burial took place in 1883. The tombs of many of Wagner’s contemporaries are located in the cemetery. His mother, Johanna Rosine Wagner (1778–1848) and his sister Rosalie Marbach (1803–1837) were buried here. Furthermore, the graves of Franz Matthias von Treuenfeld (referred to as Eduard Stein, 1764–1827), a member of the Leipzig City Theatre, Karl Friedrich August Nobbe (1791–1878), the erstwhile professor and rector at St. Nicholas School (1828–1866), and Karl Theodor Küstner (1784–1864), the first permanent theatre director in Leipzig, can all be found in the old St. John’s cemetery. Mention can also be made of Johann Friedrich Rochlitz (1769–1842), a well-known music critic at the time and publisher of the “Allgemeinen Musikalischen Zeitung”, Christian Theodor Weinlig (1780–1842), director of music, cantor at St. Thomas School and Wagner‘s teacher, and Friedrich Wilhelm Ehrenfried Rost (1768–1835), professor and rector at St. Thomas school.
 
 
“Now, at the news of her (Rosalie’s) death, and illuminated by the recollection of that one impressive farewell, as by a flash of lightning I saw the immense value my relations with this sister had been to me, and I did not fully realise the extent of her influence until later on, when, after my first striking successes, my mother tearfully lamented that Rosalie had not lived to witness them”.

Richard Wagner: My Life. Volume 1. Dietrich‘sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Leipzig, 1958, p. 249.
 
 
“In the beginning of February my mother's death was announced to me. I at once hastened to her funeral at Leipzig, and was filled with deep emotion and joy at the wonderfully calm and sweet expression of her face”.

Richard Wagner: My Life. Volume 1. Dietrich‘sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Leipzig, 1958, p. 582 f.
 
Neo-Gothic grave of the director and leaseholder of the Old Theatre, Karl Theodor Küstner, who died in 1864 (Küstner family burial ground)
Neo-Gothic grave of the director and leaseholder of the Old Theatre, Karl Theodor Küstner, who died in 1864 (Küstner family burial ground)
 
Grave slab of the cantor at St. Thomas School and Richard Wagner’s teacher, Christian Theodor Weinlig
Grave slab of the cantor at St. Thomas School and Richard Wagner’s teacher, Christian Theodor Weinlig
 
The gravestones of Richard Wagner’s mother and his sister Rosalie
The gravestones of Richard Wagner’s mother and his sister Rosalie
 
 
 
Source: Ein Leipziger (Leipzig Cultural Foundation)