I’m glad to say that my short article on Edward Dannreuther (1844-1905) and Swinburne has been published in Notes & Queries. It reveals two hitherto unnoticed references to Wagner by Swinburne in his 1869 essay, ‘Notes on the Text of Shelley’. It also demonstrates that Dannreuther, who hosted Wagner and acted as a rehearsal conductor during the 1877 Wagner festival at the Royal Albert Hall, was clearly influenced by the poet. Swinburne’s writings, therefore, had a significant impact on the reception of Wagner’s music in London in the early 1870s.
Unfortunately, the ‘Oxford comma’ has struck again. The opening sentence has been marred by a typesetting mistake. While I didn’t write that Dannreuther collected ‘magpie fashion’, he does now. It should, of course, read ‘[…] to have ‘borrowed’, magpie-fashion, phrases and metaphors’, as it did on the original copy. For some reason – I don’t know why – this can’t be corrected after publication.