Karl Franz Wilhelm SCHÖNAICH
30 Sep 1842 - May 1873 @ Wien, Niederösterreich
a son of Wilhelmina Khym & Franz Schönaich
never married

Richard Wagner, My Life. Translated by Andrew Gay. Edited by Mary Whittall. (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1983).

pp. 734-35 [1864]: "In his great anxiety to cover up my departure, Standhartner had me come to dine at his house, where my servant Franz Mrazek brought me my luggage. I bade a very distressed farewell to him, his wife Anna [sic], as well as my good dog Pohl. Standhartner's stepson Karl Schönaich, who wept from grief, and Cornelius, who by contrast was in a frivolous mood, accompanied me to the station, where I departed on the afternoon of March 23rd, to go first of all to Munich, where I hoped to be completely unnoticed and have a chance to recuperate for two days from the frightful strain of the recent past."

Letter of Josef Standthartner to Richard Wagner, August 18, 1871. Richard-Wagner-Museum, Bayreuth. IV A 32-3:

"Beloved Friend: Since a few days I am recovering from a terribly painful ear infection that forced me for the last 5 weeks to total rest. I am so far recovered that I will leave tomorrow for the mountains, where I hope with rest and the better air to regain the use of my right ear. Until now the sounds in my right ear remined me of the waterfall in Freischütz.
"....Please send list of royalties to Vienna to my name, without adding a letter, at the Address:

Dr. Carl Schönaich, Wien, Garnisongasse 3.

If I should need money during my travel, I can thus get it through Carl.
"One thing I sincerely hope, that you will never believe, that my love and admiration for you will ever change. It is for me a blessing for all times that I can be close to you and always will be. The memories of our closeness were often a great support to me in difficult times. In our family you are like a God, and with us there is only one infallible person and that is R. Wagner. It would amuse you to hear how often I play Lohengrin alone and as reward Meistersinger, or sing Walküre. Before I became sick, I heard H. Natke, an enthusiastic admirer of you, say: 'What a new world he shows us!' At the end I had great success with Wotan's Farewell."

Cosima Wagner's Diaries. Vol. I: 1869-1877. Edited and annotated by Martin Gregor-Dellin and Dietrich Mack. Translated and with an Introduction by Geoffrey Skelton. (New York, NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978).

Tuesday, May 6, 1873: "Returning from my morning walk, I find R. in deep grief; he had received a letter from our friend Dr. Standhartner, had opened it with a smile, for the excellent man does not usually write to him, and discovered in it the news of the death of [Karl Schönaich] his eldest [sic] son, the sole aid of our dear friend! The same thing happened years ago, when likewise after a long silence he wrote to announce the death of his daughter [Wilhelminna Schönaich]. In his hour of sorrow he always thinks first of R.---this man of few words feels the need to talk to him. We are deeply upset---I am reminded of the words R. once said to me: 'The death of one of our children would mean my death.' On this day only genius could raise our spirits; for some reason I do not know, R. quoted from Don Quixote the frequently recurring phrase 'Either I know nothing of adventures or---' and we have to laugh heartily over this pedantic preface. R. declares that nobody can laugh with him as I can---yet at the same time we are so sad, and my tears will not cease."


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