Wagner’s Siegfied Idyll was a birthday gift for his wife Cosima to celebrate the birth of their son Siegfried; first performed on Christmas Day, the musicians played on the staircase as she awoke to the music. Schumann’s Second Symphony was composed when he was fighting depression and illness; it bears witness to the love between the composer and his wife Clara, whose support was crucial during what he described as these “dark days.”

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The talk is available to view on demand from Monday 30 November until Friday 1 January 2021.