Two letters written by Richard Wagner in connection with Bratislava are known in Slovak music historiography. The first one is from the 29th August 1871 (Tribschen), which has remained as a well-preserved copy. It was addressed to the Bratislava archivist, Johann (Jan, Janos) Batka (1845-1917), that was active as a musical critic and organiser. The supposed recipient of the second Wagner's letter dated on 30th September 1871 in Luzern was considered to be the Bratislava lawyer and music lover Karol Junerak junior (1822-1911). The object of the study is to identify the true recipient of the second Wagner's letter and to point out the assumptions of Wagner's reception in Bratislava within the years 1858-1913. On the base of the consequent source comparison, it can be pointed out, that Johann Batka was also the recipient of the second Wagner's letter. He also contributed to the reception of Wagner's music in Bratislava in a great deal.
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