Karl Leberecht Immermann (1796 - 1840)

Hoffmann, Ernst Theodor Amadeus
Karl Leberecht Immermann (1796-1840) Wood engraving from an illustrated newspaper, 1878 (StadtMuseum Bonn, SMB 2009/358)

In 1846, during a visit to the island of Norderney, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy presented the Schumanns with Karl Leberecht Immermann’s last and unfinished epic poem, Tristan und Isolde [“Tristan and Iseult”],published posthumously only, which inspired Schumann to write an opera. Thoughts about Immermann’s work were entered in Schumann’s reading notebook in 1842 already. Robert Reinick furnished the libretto for this work still in the same year, but the ambitious project failed to materialise.

Sigrid Lange, translated by Thomas Henninger

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