Vorspiel und Liebestod
Richard Wagner (arr. Godfrey)
Subtitle: from Richard Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde'
This work is often found under its title in English, Prelude and Love-Death
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Tristan und Isolde is an opera, or music drama, in three acts by Richard Wagner to a German libretto by the Richard Wagner, based largely on the 12th-century romance Tristan by Gottfried von Strassburg. It was composed between 1857 and 1859 and premiered at the Königliches Hof- und Nationaltheater in Munich on 10 June 1865 with Hans von Bülow conducting. Wagner referred to the work not as an opera, but called it "eine Handlung" (literally a drama, a plot or an action), which was the equivalent of the term used by the Spanish playwright Calderón for his dramas.
Wagner's composition of Tristan und Isolde was inspired by the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer (particularly The World as Will and Representation), as well as by Wagner's affair with Mathilde Wesendonck. Widely acknowledged as one of the peaks of the operatic repertoire, Tristan was notable for Wagner's unprecedented use of chromaticism, tonal ambiguity, orchestral colour and harmonic suspension.
The opera was enormously influential among Western classical composers and provided direct inspiration to composers such as Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Karol Szymanowski, Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg and Benjamin Britten. Other composers like Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Igor Stravinsky formulated their styles in contrast to Wagner's musical legacy. Many see Tristan as the beginning of the move away from common practice harmony and tonality and consider that it lays the groundwork for the direction of classical music in the 20th century.
"Liebestod " ([ˈliːbəsˌtoːt] German for "love death") is the title of the final, dramatic music from the 1859 opera Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner. It is the climactic end of the opera, as Isolde sings over Tristan's dead body.
When used as a literary term, liebestod (from German Liebe, love and Tod, death) refers to the theme of erotic death or "love death", meaning the two lovers' consummation of their love in death or after death.
- Program Note from Wikipedia
The "Love-Death" is concerned with the indomitable determination to follow into nothingness the thing that makes life – Life. In Wagner's own words, "...it does express the passion love or longing of such-and-such an individual on such-and-such an occasion, but passion, love, and longing in itself."
- Program Note from Program Notes for Band
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Works for Winds by this Composer
- Awake (arr. Houseknecht) (1868/1957)
- Chor der Junger from "Das Liebesmahl der Apostel" (arr. Pohler)
- Die Meistersingers, Excerpts from the Opera (arr. Eric Osterling)
- Die Meistersinger Overture (tr. Hindsley) (1868/197-?)
- Die Meistersinger, Prelude (arr. Moses-Tobani/H.R. Kent) (1904/1948)
- Die Meistersinger von Nurnbürg (tr. Hindsley) (1868/196-?)
- Elsa's feierlicher Zug zum Münster (tr. Nefs) (1848/2017)
- Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral from "Lohengrin" (tr. Bourgeois)
- Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral from "Lohengrin" (tr. Cailliet)
- Entry of the Gods into Valhalla (arr. Godfrey) (1869/1906)
- Entry of the Gods into Valhalla (arr. O'Neill) (1869/1930)
- Evening Star (arr. Barnard) (1845/1927)
- Festmusik (arr. Seifert-Kressbronn) (1843-1982)
- Fest Marsch from "Tannhäuser" (tr. Rumbelow) (1845/1997)
- The Flying Dutchman (tr. Hindsley) (1843/197-?)
- Flying Dutchman Overture, The (arr. Godfrey) (1843/1955)
- Gathering of the Armies (arr. Friedman) (1850/1995)
- Homage March (ed. Bourgeois)
- Huldigungsmarsch (ed. Reed) (1864/2002)
- Huldigungsmarsch (ed. Schaefer) (1864/1971)
- Italian Polka (arr Leidzen) (arr. Leidzen) (1941)
- Kaisermarsch (tr. Godfrey) (1871/1912)
- King Heinrich’s Call (tr. Bourgeois) (1850/1983)
- Invocation of Alberich from "Rheingold" (arr. Cailliet) (1869/1940)
- Liebestod (arr. Shishikura) (1856/2014)
- Liebestod (arr. Bainum) (1856/1964)
- Lohengrin (arr. Tamanini) (1850/2005)
- Lohengren: Introduction to Act III (arr. Drumm) (1850/1937)
- March from "Tannhäuser" (arr. Lake) (1926)
- March on, America
- Nibelungen March (arr. Stretton) (c.1874/1909)
- Overture to Rienzi (arr. Grabel) (1842/1933)
- Pilgrim's Chorus (arr. Geese) (1845/2009)
- Pilgrim's Chorus (arr. Musser) (1845/)
- Pilgrim's Chorus (arr. Musser; ed. Rapp) (1845/2009)
- Pilgrim's Chorus (arr. Reed) (1845/1991)
- Prelude to Act I of "Die Meistersinger" (trans. Kreines) (1862/2012)
- Prelude to Act III from "Lohengrin" (tr. Hindsley) (1850)
- Prelude to Act III from "Lohengrin" (tr. Brand) (1850/2001)
- Procession of the Knights of the Holy Grail from "Parsifal" (arr. Houseknecht) (1964)
- Ride of the Valkyries (tr. Patterson)
- Ride of the Valkyries (arr. Laurendeau) (1870/1908)
- Ride of the Valkyries (tr. Longwood) (1870/2000)
- Ride of the Valkyries (arr. Hernandez) (1870)
- Rienzi Overture (arr. Meyrelles) (1842/1892)
- Selections from Act III of "Die Meistersinger von Nurnbürg" (arr. Hanna) (1868/2015)
- Seigfried Fantasie (arr. Seidel) (1876/1893)
- Siegfried Idyll (1870)
- Siegfried's Funeral March (tr. Tanick) (1876/)
- Siegfried's Funeral Music (arr. Paul Whear)
- Siegfried's Funeral March from "Gotterdammerung" (tr. Bourgeois)
- Tannhäuser (arr. Lake) (1845/1926)
- Tannhäuser Grand March (tr. McAlister) (1845/2005)
- Tannhäuser March (arr. E. Fall) (1845)
- Tannhäuser Overture (arr. Fall) (1845/1936)
- Tannhäuser Overture (tr. Safranek) (1845/1913)
- Tannhäuser Overture (arr. Sousa) (1845/)
- Tannhäuser Overture (arr. Winterbottom) (1845/1903)
- Tannhäuser Selection (arr. Lake) (1926)
- Trauersinfonie (ed. Votta/Boyd) (1844/1924/1994)
- Trauersinfonie (tr. Leidzen) (1844/1924/1949)
- Tristan und Isolde (tr. Janssen) (1862/2015)
- Vorspiel und Liebestod (arr. Godfrey) (1865/1909)
- Wotan's Farewell and Magic Fire Music from "Die Walküre" (arr. Lake) (1874/1937)
- Liebestod, Wikipedia Accessed 15 February 2018
- Tristan und Isolde, Wikipedia Accessed 15 February 2018
- Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 621.
- Wagner, R.; Godfrey, D. (1909). Vorspiel und Liebestod = Prelude and Love Death [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: [New York].