Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Siegfried Idyll

Howard Shore’s thoroughly original arrangement of Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, performed by Lang Lang. Wagner composed the Idyll as a birthday present for his wife Cosima after the birth of their son Siegfried in 1869. It is a highly personal piece of music: its first performance, by a small ensemble in Wagner’s home on Christmas Day 1870, woke Cosima on that morning from her sleep. Later Wagner incorporated music from the Idyll into his opera Siegfried, the third of the four parts of The Ring.

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