Two years later Bruckner met Wagner for the first time at a performance of 'Tristan und Isolde' in Munich. The opera's romantic soul seeped into Bruckner's Adagio, as disarming a vision of love as Wagner's own 'Wesendonck Lieder'.
As he slipped into hopeless adoration for the German poet Mathilde Wesendonck, Wagner wrote her these songs, moments of heartfelt stillness in a whirlwind musical career.
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