From Wind Repertory Project
Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner (arr. Bruce Houseknecht)

Subtitle: Chorale from Act III of Die Meistersinger

Printed with Pavel Tchesnokov's Salvation is Created.

General Info

Year: 1868 / 1957
Duration: c.
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum

Choir (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This beautiful chorale from the third act of Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (composed by Wagner in rebuttal of his contemporary critics) is thought by many to be Wagner's own Hymn of Thanksgiving for his God-given talent.

Wagner uses the words "Langsam und feierlich" for the orchestral package preceding the chorale. "Feierlich," appearing on the score of so many of Wagner's operas, may be variously translated as "solemn, holy, reverent, soulfully," etc. The word "reverent" seems best to fit the mood of the music n this instance. Wagner further indicates that the chorale is to be performed "very broad with each note uniformly and equally sustained throughout."

The phrasings and slurrings of the original core have been retained to give this sustained effort desired by the composer.

- Program Note by arranger


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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class BB
  • Arkansas: II
  • Iowa: III
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: IV
  • Massachusetts: IV
  • Mississippi: V-A
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Texas: IV. Complete
  • West Virginia: III


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band (Ray Stewart, conductor) – 26 September 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Perusal score
  • Chesnokov, P.; Wagner, R.; Houseknecht, B. (1957). Salvation Is Created & Awake: Chorale from Act III, Die Meistersinger [score]. Neil A. Kjos: Park Ridge, Ill.