Siegfried's Funeral Music

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Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner (arr. Paul W Whear)

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Subtitle: From Die Gotterdammerung

General Info

Year: 1876 / 1966
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


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Program Notes

Siegfried’s Death was the original title of the prose sketch for an opera that grew, over the span of twenty-eight years, into the most monumental undertaking in the history of music -- the four-opera cycle -The Ring of the Nibelungen. The murder of the young hero Siegfried was Wagner’s starting point, and it remains the climax of the full seventeen-hour work.

- Program Note from Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert program, June 2013

Siegfried's Funeral March is taken from Act Three after he has been murdered by Hagen. It is made up of musical motives from previous operas that tell of Siegfried's background, including the Volsung theme, Siegmund and Sieglinde's theme, the Sword, Brünnhilde's love theme and the curse of the Ring.

- Program Note by Iain Farrington


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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Arkansas: IV
  • Kansas: V
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • North Carolina: V
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • Tennessee: V
  • Texas: IV. Complete
  • Virginia: V


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Wagner, R.; Whear, P. (1967). Siegfried's Funeral Music: From Die Gotterdammerung [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.