The Germanische Nationalmuseum Nürnberg – yes, that’s what is called – is putting the original score of Meistersinger on show from this Thursday.
What they’d really like to know is the whereabouts of five fair-copy scores – Die Feen, Rienzi, Das Liebesverbot, Rheingold and Walküre - that the Wagner family gave as birthday presents to ‘Uncle Wolf’ in the days when Bayreuth was Nazi heaven. Sven Friedrich, head of the Richard Museum at Bayreuth, thinks they may have got incinerated in the Führer bunker, taken to Russia or stolen by some freelance 1945-er.
If they did turn up who would they belong to? The Hitler estate? The German state? Heirs of the light-fingered opportunist? Lawyers’ delight.