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Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
by Münchner Philharmoniker
Apart from his operas, Wagner composed only a small number of other pieces - this stemmed from his reluctance to conceive any music which didn't belong to the sacredness of 'the drama' - a fundamental expression of his thought.

The "Siegfried Idyll" is a symphonic poem for chamber orchestra, composed by Wagner as a birthday present to his second wife Cosima, after the birth of their son Siegfried in 1869. It was first performed on Christmas morning 1870, by a small ensemble on the stairs of their villa at Tribschen.

Wagner's subsequent opera "Siegfried", which was premiered in 1876, incorporated music from the "Idyll". It was once thought that it borrowed musical ideas intended for the opera, but it is now known that the opposite is the case. The composer adapted melodic material from an unfinished chamber piece in the "Idyll", and later incorporated it into the love scene between Siegfried and Brunhilde in the opera.
Conductor: Sergiu Celibidache.
Posted: 18th November 2019
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