Catalog No. 711
Pottery, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
“Tonkunst, dich preis’ ich vor allen,
höchstes Los ist dir gefallen.
Aus der Schwesterkünste drei
du die frei’ste, einzig frei.”
(Music, I value you above all others,
yours be the highest praise.
Of the three sisters of the arts
you are the freest, the sole without limits.)
Text is the first stanza of a poem entitled Tonkunst (Music) written in 1826 by Franz Grillparzer.
Richard Wagner (1813-1883) is the acknowledged master of German opera, and one of the most progressive composers in history. His monumental cycle of four musical dramas, collectively entitled “Der Ring des Nibelungen” (The Ring of the Nibelungs), took 22 years to complete, and stands as one of the most remarkable and influential achievements in Western music.
First in a series of five composer steins, with Nos. 712, 713, 714 and 715.