Rellstab, Ludwig (1799 - 1860)

Ludwig Rellstab

Ludwig Rellstab (1799 - 1860)
Music critic, writer, translator, librettist
Steel engraving by Weger, around 1850
StadtMuseum Bonn

Rellstab reviewed periodically Schumann's works - starting in 1832 with the Abegg Variations op. 1 - in the magazine "Iris". The influence of Rellstab as one of the leading music critic, was considerable. For the 23 year-old Wagner Rellstab is a thorn in his side: "You will not believe what this person wreaks havoc here in Berlin." (Letter to Robert Schumann on 28 May 1836).

[Translated by Katharina Ma]