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Selections from Act III of "Die Meistersinger von Nurnbürg"

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Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner (trans. Paul Hanna)


Subtitle: Act III


General Info

Year: 1868 / 2015
Duration: c. 12:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Symphony
Publisher: TBQ Press
Cost: Score and Parts - Free download


Movements

1. Introduction
2. Dance of the Apprentices
3. Procession of the Meistersingers


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Double Bass


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Die Meistersinger von Nurnbürg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) is an opera in three acts. It is one of the most popular operas in the repertory, and is among the longest still commonly performed today, usually taking around four and a half hours.

In the first act, the town goldsmith, Veit Pogner, announces that the winner of the St. John’s Feast Day song contest will win the hand in marriage of his daughter, Eva. The only stipulation is that the winner must be, or become, a Meistersinger. Walther, a young knight who is already in love with Eva, determines to enter the contest, but his song is too radical, and he fails in his attempt to become a mastersinger. In the second Act, the town clerk, Beckmesser, decides to enter the contest and attempts to woo Eva, but unwittingly causes a riot. In the third act, the cobbler Hans Sachs helps Waither to compose a mastersong with which Waither ultimately defeats his rival Beckmesser and wins Eva.

- Program Note by William V. Johnson for the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra concert program, 15 May 2010


Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Master-Singers of Nuremberg), WWV 96, is a music drama (or opera) in three acts, written and composed by Richard Wagner. It is among the longest operas commonly performed, usually taking around four and a half hours. It was first performed at the Königliches Hof- und National-Theater.

The story is set in Nuremberg in the mid-16th century. At the time, Nuremberg was a free imperial city and one of the centers of the Renaissance in Northern Europe. The story revolves around the city's guild of Meistersinger (Master Singers), an association of amateur poets and musicians who were primarily master craftsmen of various trades. The master singers had developed a craftsmanlike approach to music-making, with an intricate system of rules for composing and performing songs. The work draws much of its atmosphere from its depiction of the Nuremberg of the era and the traditions of the master-singer guild. One of the main characters, the cobbler-poet Hans Sachs, is based on a historical figure, Hans Sachs (1494–1576), the most famous of the master-singers.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg occupies a unique place in Wagner's oeuvre. It is the only comedy among his mature operas, and is also unusual among his works in being set in a historically well-defined time and place rather than in a mythical or legendary setting. It is the only mature Wagner opera based on an entirely original story, devised by Wagner himself, and in which no supernatural or magical powers or events are in evidence. It incorporates many of the operatic conventions that Wagner had railed against in his essays on the theory of opera: rhymed verse, arias, choruses, a quintet, and even a ballet.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Tallahassee (Fla.) Winds (Paul Hanna, conductor) – 22 November 2016


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