The orchestral overtures and preludes to Wagner's operas have long been concert favorites, even among music lovers who are less familiar with the operas themselves. The drama, romanticism, and sensuous intensity of these shorter works have earned them their own secure place in the orchestral repertoire. Now this outstanding edition brings together a rich selection of Wagner's greatest overtures and preludes in a single handsome and affordable volume. Included are Overture to Rienzi, Overture to The Flying Dutchman, Overture to Tannhäuser, Preludes to Acts I and III of Lohengrin, Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, Overture to Die Meistersinger, andPrelude to Parsifal.
These well-known masterworks have been specially compiled for this unique edition from authoritative German editions, complete and unabridged.
Table of ContentsOverture to Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen
Overture to Der fliegende Hollander
Overture to Tannhauser und der Sangerkrieg auf Wartburg
Lohengrin: Preludes to acts 1 and 3
Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
Prelude to Parsifal.
Do not confuse this with a piano rendering; it is a full orchestral score. In addition to its obvious uses for study, this score is also an indispensable associate for anyone listening to record sets or broadcasts. In no other manner can the listener appreciate the full orchestral richness of these works.